Student struck at school crossing

May 17, 2017

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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