Stu­dent struck at school cross­ing

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

Po­lice are urg­ing mo­torists to be vig­i­lant and slow down near school cross­ings af­ter a young girl was hit by a car near a cross­ing in Yar­ra­wonga last week.

A stu­dent, 15, suf­fered mi­nor in­juries in­clud­ing graz­ing, when she was hit by a car while cross­ing at a school cross­ing out­side Sa­cred Heart Col­lege on Witt Street, Yar­ra­wonga, about 8.30am last Wed­nes­day, May 10.

Co­bram Po­lice High­way Pa­trol Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble David Cow­ley said the stu­dent had been hit by a car driven by an el­derly mo­torist who had failed to give way.

‘‘It was very lucky, it could have been a lot worse,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s the driver’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to slow down, stop and give way to all pedes­tri­ans en­ter­ing the school cross­ing or on the school cross­ing.

‘‘They must slow down to a speed where they can eas­ily stop if nec­es­sary.’’

He said the rules still ap­plied to school cross­ings with­out a su­per­vi­sor or a hand­held stop sign in op­er­a­tion, as some cross­ings do not have th­ese.

Drivers must wait un­til all pedes­tri­ans are clear of the cross­ing, or as in­di­cated by the su­per­vi­sor, be­fore con­tin­u­ing.

Lead­ing Sen-Cons Cow­ley said peo­ple should be aware of the school zone speed lim­its

‘‘We tar­get school zones on pa­trols ev­ery day, both in the morn­ing and in the af­ter­noon,’’ he said.

Peo­ple fail­ing to fol­low road law at th­ese times can face fines of $389 and the loss of three de­merit points.

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