People cross Highgate, Dunedin, at a set of new
pedestrian-operated traffic lights near Kaikorai School.
The lights, which cost the Dunedin City Council
$103,700, were installed because of concerns about the safety
of schoolchildren crossing the busy thoroughfare, which
becomes even busier around the start and finish of the school
Even parents volunteering to oversee the pedestrian crossing
during morning and afternoon school runs had been involved in
near misses when stepping out to stop traffic.
It has taken about a month to install the lights, which were
switched on on Tuesday afternoon.