Kirsten Anderson and daughter Natalia Skelton (10) hold a
photograph of their miniature schnauzer Sophie, which was
killed outside their Surrey St home late last month. Photo
by Brenda Harwood.
A South Dunedin woman wants road safety improved after
the death of her family's miniature schnauzer in an alleged
hit-and-run in Surrey St.
Last month's incident was distressing for Kirsten Anderson
and her children. Last year, a neighbour was clipped by a car
in the same place and badly injured.
Ms Anderson said she was now ''very aware of the amount of
traffic we have in the area. Surrey St has become a
thoroughfare between school zones''.
''Combine this with the number of children walking home after
school in the area and the situation is a real worry.''
The Star contacted several local school principals, who
agreed that traffic could be busy before and after school,
but felt that the situation was under control.
St Bernadette's School principal Jan Taylor was grateful to
police, who parked a marked car in Forbury Rd to help slow
Bathgate Park School principal Whetu Cormick said the road
outside the school was regularly moni-tored by police and
there were programmes in place to keep pupils safe. There had
been no accidents since the school opened two years ago, he
Council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema sympathised with
Ms Anderson but said there were higher priorities in terms of
road safety in the city.
In addition to other initiatives, the council would consult
schools on possible extra measures early next year. These
would include introducing 40kmh variable speed limits in some
areas and installing active warning signs.
The council has identified the ''highest priority'' schools
in terms of traffic volumes and speed. These include Arthur
St, Bathgate Park, Carisbrook, George St, Kaikorai,
Musselburgh, Portobello, St Clair and Tainui schools; Tahuna
Normal Intermediate; and Bayfield and Otago Boys' high
''We would also like motorists to be aware of children around
busy roads and reduce their speed accordingly.''