Letters to the editor

BE SEEN: Reader Ian King reminds drivers - especially of dark-coloured vehicles - to turn on their headlights earlier to avoid accidents in winter. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

BE SEEN: Reader Ian King reminds drivers - especially of dark-coloured vehicles - to turn on their headlights earlier to avoid accidents in winter. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

Turn your lights on

WITH winter upon us and the evenings becoming darker earlier, it’s times to remind drivers to turn their headlights on when the sun has gone down, and also in overcast or rainy weather, for safety reasons.

One can’t help but notice the number of vehicles, particularly black, other dark colours and silver, that can be very hard to see in poor light.

These colours tend to blend in with the road and are not nearly as easy to see as white and light-coloured vehicles are. And yet, the dark-coloured cars are often the ones with no headlights on.

Surely these drivers can see others with their lights on. Maybe an advertising campaign by the RMS or NRMA could be appropriate from time to time, particularly thoughout the winter months, pointing out the need for headlights to be on.

Those of us whose cars are equipped with headlights that come on automatically don’t have to remember, but a lot of cars don’t have this feature.

- Ian King, Warners Bay

Local roads a disgrace

I HAVE been a regular visitor to Morisset and surrounding suburbs for nearly 18 years. I am still astonished by the number of pot holes in local roads that occur after a few heavy days of rain. 

Obviously, the continual quick fix approach is not the answer. I recently travelled on Stockton Road, from Morisset onto Freemans Drive. This road is a disgrace; the pot holes and the road shoulders are a dangerous hazard. 

This is 2017, not 1997. The local ratepayers are not getting their money’s worth in this area. 

I know a few of the locals, say, “Why complain? Why bother? Nothing will get done”.   Well, as a regular visitor to this beautiful peninsula, I think you, the local folk, need to put pen to paper, and fingers to your email keyboards, and complain. 

It just may work. Roads may be repaired and, perhaps one day, curbing and guttering on some of those treacherous streets might not be a dream.

- Judith Callan, Queensland

Police station hours

A  BRASS band with all the ceremony opened the new police station at Toronto (“Our third new police station”, Lakes Mail, June 15).

This local command, regardless of improvements to the buildings, is only as strong as its weakest link which, in my opinion, is the operating hours, or the times the public can be guaranteed a safe refuge within these buildings.

I haven't seen mention of the hours these new buildings are open to the public because, in times of emergency, people should know where and when they can go and be safe.

Neighbourhood Watch was established as a temporary refuge, until police could arrive, but these appear to have vanished.

Please don't allow opening hours of police stations to do the same. Surely there must be tons of paperwork that would pay for a 24-hour open service?

Considering our cities never sleep, so should our police stations. Especially in a world of escalating unrest.

- Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek

Editor’s note: The new police stations at Toronto and Belmont are open 24 hours. The police station at Morisset is not. It’s open to the public from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Hospital security

I  am concerned about the lax security and protection for hospital staff at Wyong Hospital. Anyone with a psychiatric illness, or under the influence of drugs and prone to violence, can walk through the main entrance, and cause injury or death to hospital workers. Hospital workers must take direct action to correct this lack of security for their personal safety.

- Richard Ryan, Summerland Point

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