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Safety fears for St James Street, Taunton
THE mother of a little girl who was nearly knocked over in St James Street in Taunton said pavements should be brought in before someone is killed.
Nicole Caile, 28, of Taunton, was shopping with three-year-old Athena when she broke away from her mum and ran ahead into the road.
A passer-by grabbed Athena in front of a car which had slammed its brakes on but Nicole said the scare left her thinking safety measures should be put in place.
She said: “Athena knows not to run into the street but she simply could not tell the difference between the road and pavement because they are the same height and material.
“There needs to be a clearer division between street and pavement, and a proper crosswalk.
“It is a shame because it is a really pretty area but it is dangerous and if you are not from the area, a child or not paying attention then there is a chance someone will be killed because a car does not have to go fast to do damage.
“It is so narrow that when I am with my buggy I feel I am going to be clipped.”
Meanwhile another pedestrian told the County Gazette he was walking in St James Street with a friend who was struck by a vehicle’s wing mirror.
Ronnie Keirle, of Taunton, said: “There is no pavement to distinguish the pedestrian area from the road or to give pedestrians the normal protection of a kerb and the road is also paved with bricks to give shoppers the impression of it being a pedestrianised area. Something has to be done about this before someone is killed.”
A spokesman for Somerset County Council said the authority was not aware of any serious incidents on St James Street.
The spokesman added: “As it is a shared highway we would always advise all drivers and pedestrians to take extra care when using the road.”
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