Dog walker abused by road rules ignorance
GYMPIE resident Marion Aves laced up her walking shoes last week to take her dog Reggie for a walk, not expecting a barrage of abuse from a man threatening to kill her beloved pet.
What sparked the abusive man's outburst was a simple misunderstanding of the road rules, a frustrated Ms Aves said yesterday.
Sitting in her living room with a watchful Reggie nearby, the Gympie resident, 63, felt it was time to speak up.
Ms Aves was taking Reggie on one of his early morning walks along Channon St last week when a man in a ute, attempting a turn into a business car park, cut her off. As a pedestrian, Ms Aves had right of way.
Sadly, the man in the ute did not see it that way.
"I approached him and told him that I had right of way," Ms Aves said, describing this scenario as "way too common".
The man hurled a volley of expletives at the Gympie dog owner, claiming he had vehicles behind him making it necessary to cut Ms Aves off.
The abuse continued before the man made a threat to "run over" Reggie.
"I am very frustrated," Ms Aves said.
"There is no courtesy and lack of awareness of the road rules.
"I feel like I am being demonised and people getting their licence are just throwing the rule book out the window."
The man's explanation for cutting Ms Aves off did not convince the Gympie resident.
"Those cars could either go around or just wait," Ms Aves said.
It was no different to having to wait any other time someone had to give way, Ms Aves said.
Another hot spot where the Gympie woman routinely strikes troubles is at the Channon and Duke Sts intersection.
Even the presence of traffic lights and what Ms Aves said was "the little green man" did little to deter some drivers from charging forward.
"I'm not about to stop walking Reggie, he needs his exercise," Ms Aves said. "I live close in town and I enjoy being able to walk to the shops.
"Drivers just need to show some courtesy and be aware of the road rules."