'Danger drivers running red lights risk pedestrians' lives'
RECKLESS drivers are running red lights at a busy Swansea junction and putting pedestrians' lives in danger, a woman involved in a near miss has claimed.
Beverly Alford said she and three other pedestrians were nearly struck at Morriston Cross by a dark blue Vauxhall Zafira which, she claimed, had run a red light while turning right from Sway Road onto Pentrepoeth Road on Monday.
Mrs Alford said she has also noticed drivers running the red light at the same junction when turning right onto Clase Road from Woodfield Street.
"It has got a lot worse over the last couple of years," she said.
"It is going to cost somebody their lives. It could be kids coming back from school, it could be an old age pensioner — it could be me.
"A life is very precious.
"I just want to get the message out there. Something has to be done before somebody is hit."
Mrs Alford, of Sway Road, said she raised Monday's incident with police and has previously been in contact with Swansea Council about her concerns.
She added: "The police created an incident number, but they need a (vehicle) registration."
Mrs Alford looks after her disabled husband and said she frequently popped to the local shops and back.
"I notice this problem more than most," she said.
Phil Cleveland, of The Barber Shop, Sway Road, said he saw drivers running red lights at Morriston Cross on a daily basis.
"They see the lights changing and have their foot down," said Mr Cleveland.
He added that he noticed younger motorists texting and chatting on their mobile phones while driving.
Safety cameras can be installed by a local authority with the authority of Go Safe, Wales' road casualty reduction group.
A Swansea Council spokesman urged motorists to be sensible.
He added: "We would urge all motorists to drive responsibly and to be mindful at all times of the safety of other road users.
"Jumping red traffic lights is illegal and puts other road users at risk."