Students dice with death
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.