Mum clipped by passing truck while buckling baby in

A woman escaped with bruising when a passing truck clipped her and her car as she was buckling her baby into a car seat in Dunedin yesterday.

"The mother was in the process of putting her two-week-old into the rear-seat child car seat and ensuring her other older child was making it click also," Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen said.

The truck clipped the woman’s arm and door as it went past, but didn't stop.

‘‘[The truck driver] possibly did not know they had collected them — you would have thought they would have because there would have been a noise.’’

The woman went to Dunedin Hospital with bad bruising to her arm, he said. The baby was not injured.

The incident occurred near Dunedin City Motors and the truck was described as "an industrial-sized vehicle".

Anyone who had information on the incident, or who saw a bright yellow flat deck truck on Macandrew Rd about 2.45pm, should contact police, Snr Sgt Dinnissen said.


Lesson to be learnt here....(if only one child seat to worry about)
Always install it behind the passenger seat, then you are on the footpath, instead of the road, when you buckle the wee one up

Are you suggesting the trucker without fault?
South D is pepper potted 'Industrial'. Company traffic can take Hillside.

People live here.

Not just babies. I'm constantly passing people who step out on to the traffic side of their vehicle without a backward glance. Often walking the length of their car, popping the door and loading stuff into it without a single look behind. Load your car from the footpath.
Same goes for letting your child out. Or your dog. Both can run out onto the road before you can blink.
And its not safer if you park on broken yellow lines to drop your kids off at school.

It's not safer because of the speed of traffic in school zones.

Heavy vehicles are disproportionately represented in our road toll, and have been for years. Road maintenance costs, associated with heavy vehicle use, are far greater than the revenue collected from the trucking industry. Our rail network is under-utilised because trucking is said to be cheaper. It’s time that changed.

If the true cost of trucking was paid by the industry, freight would move to rail and our safety and road quality would improve. This public subsidisation of the industry been going on far too long.







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