MOTORISTS have again been reminded to look before opening their doors on Stewart Street after an incident on Monday.
Councillor Warren Aubin was driving down Stewart Street on Monday when he came across a parked car that appeared to have its door bent backwards by another vehicle as the driver attempted to get out.
It's not the first time something like this has happened on Stewart Street, and Cr Aubin said it was a reminder to people to look before opening their car doors.
"You've got your parking lanes up Stewart Street and they're not very wide, they're only wide enough just to fit your car in, so if you're not parked right against the gutter your door does open into the carriageway," he said.
"People have just got to be so careful when they're getting out. They've just got to be careful and look in the mirror and make sure there is nothing coming up the road behind them."
He said the traffic lights at the intersections with Keppel and Lambert streets regulate the traffic enough to allow people to get out, if they are patient and wait for those breaks in traffic.
Cr Aubin said that there's nothing Transport for NSW, which controls the road, can do to modify Stewart Street to expand the shoulder, meaning the only other option is for Bathurst Regional Council to reduce the width of the footpath, which is also unlikely to happen.
With Stewart Street unlikely to change, he said it was essential people take responsibility for their own safety, otherwise someone could be injured or killed.
"It's a death waiting to happen, for sure," he said. "... It could end in disaster, so people have to be more vigilant of this sort of thing. "
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