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O’Connor woman on the wrong side of Yamba Drive

By Barcham 21 February 2013 13

ACT Policing is calling for witnesses to a single vehicle collision which occurred last night on Yamba Drive, Isaacs.

Around 1 am the driver of a dark green Ford Laser was travelling north along Yamba Drive near Isaacs. It appears the driver has entered the median strip and crossed onto the incorrect side of the road just after Dorsch Street.

The car has rolled several times before coming to rest upright in the southbound lanes.

The driver, a 27-year-old woman from O’Connor, suffered serious injuries as a result. She was taken to The Canberra Hospital for medical treatment.

The southbound lanes of Yamba Drive were closed for approximately five hours while members from the Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team investigated.

Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the driver in the lead up to the collision.

Anyone who may be able to assist with the investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

[Courtesy of ACT Policing]

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Deref 8:27 am 24 Feb 13

Pork Hunt said :

We have the greengrocers’ apostrophe so why not call it constables’ paragraph…

+1

Pork Hunt 7:52 am 24 Feb 13

We have the greengrocers’ apostrophe so why not call it constables’ paragraph…

LSWCHP 7:59 pm 22 Feb 13

Robertson said :

“the driver has entered the median strip ”
“The car has rolled several times “

What is it with these people’s prose? Truly awful.

I’d like to know what the technical name is for writing in that tense. Present imperfect, or something like that? Whatever the case, it’s a really obscure form that I only ever see in police announcements. Why on earth would anybody write “The car has rolled” rather than “The car then rolled” for example, given that it happened in the past? It certainly jars my eyes every time I read one of these atrocities.

Are there any grammar experts out there who can give a name to this horror?

Robertson 5:00 pm 22 Feb 13

c_c™ said :

bundah said :

‘Entered the median strip’? Surely it should be driven over or mounted.

I think the language used is correct, in that the vehicle ‘entered’ a non trafficable area.
The language used has to be precise given it is a legal matter. Entered is a neutral term, while driven is a term that prejudges and they could be called out on it later on. Might not be poetic but it’s practical.

It’s not “a legal matter”, it’s a public press release. The least they could do is write it in English.

astrojax 4:02 pm 22 Feb 13

Alderney said :

c_c™ said :

bundah said :

‘Entered the median strip’? Surely it should be driven over or mounted.

I think the language used is correct, in that the vehicle ‘entered’ a non trafficable area.
The language used has to be precise given it is a legal matter. Entered is a neutral term, while driven is a term that prejudges and they could be called out on it later on. Might not be poetic but it’s practical.

The police in other states routinely use phases such as ‘crossed to the wrong side of the road’.

It’s a media release, not a document to be presented in court.

they also use phrases like ‘the car then lost control’… no it didn’t! control of the car was lost, but not by the car – it didn’t do anything…

there, i’ve said it. i’ll shut up now.

Alderney 2:22 pm 22 Feb 13

c_c™ said :

bundah said :

‘Entered the median strip’? Surely it should be driven over or mounted.

I think the language used is correct, in that the vehicle ‘entered’ a non trafficable area.
The language used has to be precise given it is a legal matter. Entered is a neutral term, while driven is a term that prejudges and they could be called out on it later on. Might not be poetic but it’s practical.

The police in other states routinely use phases such as ‘crossed to the wrong side of the road’.

It’s a media release, not a document to be presented in court.

thebrownstreak69 1:00 pm 22 Feb 13

We should put a speed camera there.

BWA HA HA HA HA!

DrKoresh 12:48 pm 22 Feb 13

Asleep at the wheel, that’s what I gleam from the information provided. Whatever happened, here’s hoping to a speedy and relatively complication free recovery.

Ozi 12:35 pm 22 Feb 13

Alderney said :

Does one still need to become a police officer and then transfer to other areas within the police? I.e. do these people need to be police?

If this is still the case, it is little wonder the prose is so poor; coppers aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed.

There’s another one lurking under the bridge! Flee! FLEEEEE!!!

c_c™ 11:27 am 22 Feb 13

bundah said :

‘Entered the median strip’? Surely it should be driven over or mounted.

I think the language used is correct, in that the vehicle ‘entered’ a non trafficable area.
The language used has to be precise given it is a legal matter. Entered is a neutral term, while driven is a term that prejudges and they could be called out on it later on. Might not be poetic but it’s practical.

Alderney 11:21 am 22 Feb 13

Robertson said :

“the driver has entered the median strip ”
“The car has rolled several times “

What is it with these people’s prose? Truly awful.

Does one still need to become a police officer and then transfer to other areas within the police? I.e. do these people need to be police?

If this is still the case, it is little wonder the prose is so poor; coppers aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed.

Robertson 9:48 am 22 Feb 13

“the driver has entered the median strip ”
“The car has rolled several times “

What is it with these people’s prose? Truly awful.

bundah 8:36 am 22 Feb 13

‘Entered the median strip’? Surely it should be driven over or mounted.

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