Student quarter accident a 'timely reminder'

Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A Dunedin schoolgirl is treated by ambulance staff in the middle of State Highway 1 (Cumberland St) at the intersection of Dundas St in the city's student quarter yesterday.

The girl was hit by a vehicle travelling south on the one-way system about 4pm.

Sergeant Chris MacAulay said the year 12 pupil was transported by ambulance to Dunedin Hospital with leg injuries.

Part of SH1 and Dundas St were temporarily closed while the girl was treated at the scene.

Police were investigating whether the pedestrian or the driver of the vehicle had the right of way.

Sgt MacAulay said the incident served as a timely reminder to pedestrians to make sure they were seen by motorists before walking across roads, regardless of whether they had the right of way.

 

Pedestrians

I have to say I'm surprised that this is not happening more. I doubt I'm the only that's noticed students seem to think they are bulletproof.  The worst wander out onto the road, see the car coming and look at it so smugly knowing motorists have no choice but to give way to them.  Behaviour at crossings is appalling, but it's far worse at random busy roads.  While it's soo great to be cool in front of their mates, eventually they will go unseen by someone.

Reminder for motorists

This incident also serves as a timely reminder for motorists to make sure they see pedestrians while driving across roads, regardless of whether they had the
right of way - especially during 3.30pm to 5pm, when school kids are about.

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