Dunedin is living up to its unenviable reputation as one of
the worst areas in the country for urban intersection
crashes, three pedestrians having been struck by vehicles in
as many days.
The central city accidents have prompted police to remind
motorists and pedestrians alike to exercise caution on
In the latest incident, emergency services were called to the
corner of Dowling and Princes Sts, after reports a
34-year-old woman had been hit by a car just before 10am.
Acting Senior Sergeant Tania Baron said the woman and driver
were both taken to hospital.
Inquiries were continuing.
On Wednesday, an elderly pedestrian sustained minor injuries
after being hit by a car at the intersection of George and St
Andrew Sts at 2pm.
The driver in that incident was likely to be charged, as was
the driver who hit a 55-year-old pedestrian at the
intersection of Moray Pl and lower Stuart St on Tuesday
Acting Snr Sgt Baron said the woman sustained facial
fractures and other head injuries, but had made good progress
and was expected to be released from hospital this week.
Dunedin had a reputation as having one of the highest
intersection crash rates in the country, and "it is a real
sore point for us".
"I get numerous calls each day about people failing to give
way to pedestrians crossing at intersections," she said.
Sunstrike had been a factor in several recent crashes, and
motorists were reminded to either take an alternative route
or pull to the side of the road and wait until they could
Recent crash statistics show the city has one of the highest
crash rates at urban intersections in the country. The
Dunedin City Council had identified 46 crash hot spots,
mainly at intersections controlled by traffic lights.
Acting road policing manager Senior Sergeant Steve Larking
said various factors were behind the kind of crashes that
occurred this week, including driver or pedestrian
inattention, failing to give way or stop, driving too fast
Motorists and pedestrians alike were urged to exercise
patience and be aware of other vehicles and pedestrians, he
"If you are driving, drive to the conditions and concentrate
on your driving. Be a responsible driver and, as a
pedestrian, be aware of your surroundings."
The police and other agencies were being proactive in trying
to reduce road accidents and improve safety on roads, and
"any crash is one too many".
"Police regularly run operations to target intersection
safety, focusing on our high-risk intersections identified
from previous crash data," Snr Sgt Larking said.
"Road trauma has the biggest social cost of any type of event
police deal with."
Dunedin City ranked at the top of the list for urban
intersection crashes causing either fatal or serious injuries
during the five years from 2006 to 2010, NZTA statistics
During the same period, the city featured in the top five for
crash categories involving pedestrians (second), motorcycles
(third), older drivers (third), cyclists (fourth) and young
drivers (fourth), and ranked sixth for accidents caused by