I am wanting to find out some more information of right of way at light intersections as I cannot find enough information on the tams website to clarify my concern.
I was driving to work this morning and nearly ran a kid over at a light intersection in Queanbeyan. I was sitting at the lights ready to turn right (red box see diagram below) heading south from the Kings Highway intending to turn onto Crawford Street toward the Q Arts Centre . I had just looked up to see I HAD A GREEN LIGHT and started to go when out of the corner of my eye I noticed a young boy about 10years or so crossing the intersection in front of me (blue arrow showing his direction in diagram below). He was clearly crossing on a RED WALK signal and ran directly in front of me. The boy ran across and I almost ran him over. My heart skipped a beat. Luckily he didnt touch my car but he was sure as hell within 1/2metre from it and if he had been any faster or I had been any slower off the mark I wouldnt have been able to stop and would have run him over.
I have looked on the TAMS website and briefed through the road rule files they have there but the best I can find is:
- Pedestrians are not permitted to cross the road on a red walk sign
- Cars must give way to pedestrians at traffic signals when turning left or right (this indicates to me that if he were crossing in the opposite direction where the yellow arrow is on the diagram below, then I would have had to give way to him, however, he ran across the intersection at the point where the blue arrow went.)
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Does anyone know who is in the right of way at a light intersection here. He clearly crossed when he wasnt meant to but if we had collidided, would I have been held responsible??? Any help on this matter would be most appreciated