Partially-sighted OAP slams drivers who failed to stop for him to cross road

TRAFFIC TROUBLE ... Alex Abernethy has hit out at motorists who failed to stop after a pelican crossing fault.
TRAFFIC TROUBLE ... Alex Abernethy has hit out at motorists who failed to stop after a pelican crossing fault.
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A PARTIALLY-SIGHTED pensioner has blasted inconsiderate drivers who refused to stop as he tried to make his way across a busy South Tyneside road.

Alex Abernethy attempted to get the attention of motorists travelling on Newcastle Road, South Shields, by pointing his white stick at the road when a pelican crossing failed to work.

Alex Abernethy is angered at inconsiderate drivers failing to stop at Newcastle Road pelican crossing, despite him having a white stick

Alex Abernethy is angered at inconsiderate drivers failing to stop at Newcastle Road pelican crossing, despite him having a white stick

The incident happened at around 10am yesterday, and the 82-year-old had to wait until traffic cleared until he could safely get to the other side.

The father-of-one, from Henderson Road, South Shields, said: “I am 83 this year, and am short-sighted. I have a white stick, and drivers should stop when they see someone with one at the crossing.

“The pelican crossing was out of order so I pointed my white stick towards the road, but the cars didn’t stop. They just sailed right past. They just totally ignored me.

“It could have been dangerous for myself and other pedestrians. The traffic is always busy on that road.

“A lot of the drivers were going very fast. I waited until the traffic was clear until I crossed.”

Mr Abernethy is hoping the crossing is back in use soon – so he can cross the road without fears for his safety

A spokesman for the Regional Traffic Signal Service, which is based at Newcastle City Council, said the fayult is due to be fixed today.

He said last night: “The council is aware that the traffic signal on Newcastle Road/Shaftesbury Avenue junction in South Shields is currently out of order due to a technical fault and is due to be fixed tomorrow.”

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