Students dice with death

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A Toko­roa cou­ple is call­ing for bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion around road safety af­ter al­most col­lid­ing with a youth who dared to play ‘‘ chicken’’ with on­com­ing traf­fic.

Toko­roa cou­ple Sh­eryl Tipa and Tupou Tira were left shocked and up­set when they al­most ran over a Toko­roa High School stu­dent who was stand­ing in the mid­dle of the road.

The in­ci­dent joins a grow­ing list of prob­lems with students jay­walk­ing at the cross­ing on Marae­tai Rd, near Lomond Dairy, cre­at­ing se­ri­ous prob­lems for passers-by.

‘‘I was just com­ing down Marae­tai Rd and there were a few kids from Toko­roa High School but there was one that was in the mid­dle of the road play­ing chicken and wav­ing around at me. I al­most hit that kid. It’s worse in the af­ter­noon when they are leav­ing school. It’s an on­go­ing is­sue,’’ she said.

The cou­ple have raised their con­cerns with the high school, Toko­roa Po­lice and South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil.

Sh­eryl’s part­ner, Tupou, said some­one is go­ing to be killed.

‘‘We drive that road ev­ery day. In time some­one may get killed. They need more ed­u­ca­tion. They need to get some­body out there in the morn­ings and af­ter­noons. It is just frus­trat­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘What is it go­ing to take for some­one to ac­tu­ally do some­thing? It is a busy, busy road.’’

Toko­roa High School was not avail­able for com­ment.

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