Two cars crashed at the intersection of Wood and Albion St in Warwick on Wednesday. Photo Jayden Brown / Warwick Daily News
Two cars crashed at the intersection of Wood and Albion St in Warwick on Wednesday. Photo Jayden Brown / Warwick Daily News Jayden Brown

COMMENT: Just a matter of time before someone is killed

THERE are few intersections in Warwick that worry me the way the corner of Wood and Albion Sts does.

As a local, I know better than to try to take that corner in the left-hand lane.

I couldn't try to count the number of times I have seen cars blindly cut off other drivers as they merge their car into the already taken position on the left.

While stopped at the lights one evening I saw a car almost pushed off the road by another driver, who, you guessed it, merged into its path as both cars turned right.

While driving in the passenger seat of my friend's car, I just barely stopped myself from honking at someone who almost took us out in the same way.

The saving grace in all of these instances, and the reason we have not yet seen a fatal, seems to be the fact it is a corner and people are going relatively slowly as they merge lanes.

But for how long can we assume this will be the case?

Although reported injury crashes appear low, the near-misses and fender bender numbers would seem to be much higher.

A policeman a couple of years ago told me you could sit at that intersection and see multiple near-crashes every single day.

Do we really want to see a fatal accident occur, knowing there were numerous red flags but we chose to put on our blinkers and hope the problem would pass itself?

Surely the money it would cost to install signage would be worth the reduction in emergency service call-outs, insurance payouts and possible loss of life.



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