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Police Wrap – 17 August

By johnboy - 17 August 2009 6

1. On kids and road safety:

    A 13-year-old girl was transported to The Canberra Hospital in a serious but stable condition earlier today (August 17) after being struck by a vehicle on her way to school.

    Officers from ACT Policing and ACT Ambulance Service responded to reports of the collision on Tharwa Drive in Calwell about 9.00am this morning after members of the public called for assistance.

    Both lanes of traffic on Tharwa Drive were blocked whilst members of the ACT Policing Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) examined the incident scene. The driver has been assisting police with their inquiries, and no charges are expected to be laid at this stage.

    ACT Policing Superintendent of Traffic Operations Mark Colbran says this provides a timely reminder to parents to talk with their school-aged children about road safety.

    “At that time of the morning, the traffic flow of both vehicles and pedestrians is heavy as people make their way to work and school. Kids need to be aware of this, and need to know that although they may have to walk a little further to use them, the underpasses and pedestrian crossings are there for their own safety and protection,” Supt Colbran said.

    “Obviously drivers also have a part to play, and this is why ACT Policing takes such a strict view of speed limits and driver behavior within school zones. We know kids can be unpredictable, and this knowledge should prompt drivers to adjust their driving habits when around schools. Unfortunately the potential for tragedy in these areas is real and ever-present, and the need for concentration and diligence is constant,” he said.

    “Any road trauma incident involving serious injury is a tragedy, but this is especially true when it involves a child. Speak with your kids about their habits when walking to school, and although it may be confronting for them, make sure they understand the consequences of not practicing safe behaviours when using the roads.

    Anyone who may have witnessed this incident and is yet to speak with police is asked to contact ACT Policing on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Police Wrap – 17 August
neanderthalsis 11:02 am 20 Aug 09

astrojax said :

She’s 13. She should know better.

a bit presumptive, bubzie. 13 yr olds are not as cognitively developed as 18 yr olds, and as the police statement points out, kids can be unpredictable, and this knowledge should prompt drivers to adjust their driving habits

while i agree that of course she should have used the underpass, or whatever pedestrian facilities there may be in the vicinty, it is a far too common problem that most drivers fail miserably the flexibility in driving habits; and fewer know, or practice, the 12 second rule embedded in motor cyclists who undertook the ‘stay upright’ classes – basically, apart from keeping two to three seconds behind the vehicle in front, you should also scan the roadway and surrounds about twelve seconds ahead for potential hazards: schools, parks, streets, urban areas, signs, crests, traffic, lights, aged-care facilities, hospitals, etc, etc… and be ready well ahead of time to react to untoward events.

sigh…

Not always possible to scan that far ahead as kids have a tendency to appear very suddenly from behind a parked car or just randomly run onto the road wearing black, against a black background in poor light.

I was involved in a minor pedestrian incident a few months ago, just past dusk, a teenager (15yo, black hoodie on, skateboard under arm, ipod in ears) decided to run across 4 lanes of relatively heavy traffic. He made it safely to the centre line and stopped before running across the other two lanes without so much as looking in that direction. The car beside me narrowly missed him and I spotted him at the last moment and just clipped him with the front quarter panel. If he had made it one step further he would have been under the bull bar and in a world of hurt. I came away with a broken indicator and cracked windscreen, the kid with stitches across his chin, busted ribs and a twisted knee.

While we waited for the ambulance and police (and the fire brigagde who turned up for the excitiment)the kid informed me that this was his second hit by a car in 6 months.

Police investigation ensued, I was cleared of any wrongdoing but had to fight the insurance agency over whether I should pay the excess.

Timberwolf65 7:14 am 20 Aug 09

I’m unclear as to why the underpass wasn’t used, My son and his friend use the underpass to get to school. On saying that, some of the drivers round Theodore need to slow down, we have people doing warp speeds in the streets all the time, kids wouldn’t stand a chance if they were hit, my kids are very road wise, but the amount of cars that have lost control and actually left the road, that’s what worries me. Kid’s aren’t even safe on paths anymore.

astrojax 1:18 pm 18 Aug 09

She’s 13. She should know better.

a bit presumptive, bubzie. 13 yr olds are not as cognitively developed as 18 yr olds, and as the police statement points out, kids can be unpredictable, and this knowledge should prompt drivers to adjust their driving habits

while i agree that of course she should have used the underpass, or whatever pedestrian facilities there may be in the vicinty, it is a far too common problem that most drivers fail miserably the flexibility in driving habits; and fewer know, or practice, the 12 second rule embedded in motor cyclists who undertook the ‘stay upright’ classes – basically, apart from keeping two to three seconds behind the vehicle in front, you should also scan the roadway and surrounds about twelve seconds ahead for potential hazards: schools, parks, streets, urban areas, signs, crests, traffic, lights, aged-care facilities, hospitals, etc, etc… and be ready well ahead of time to react to untoward events.

sigh…

CapitalK 10:12 am 18 Aug 09

Not just kids – I see plenty of suit wearing adults randomly crossing Northbourne when there are traffic lights just a few metres away

taninaus 7:11 am 18 Aug 09

As sad as it may be for the family, I have to agree with the police. I regularly see kids playing chicken with traffic and wonder how soon it will be till someone gets hit – and many times with an underpass no more than 50 meters away!

bubzie 9:58 pm 17 Aug 09

*sigh*

She’s 13. She should know better.

And there’s a perfectly fine underpass right underneath her, which she should of taken, and would of gotten to school perfectly fine.

*grumble grumble grumble*

(In my defence, im 18, live a couple of streets away from there, and for that matter, used to have to use that underpass last year to get home from school! FAIL!)

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