News

Viral video of pedestrian crossing sparks debate

*LANGUAGE WARNING*

A VIRAL video that showed a woman nearly being hit by a car at a Toowoomba pedestrian crossing has sparked an intense debate about safety at crossings.

The video, uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, has been viewed more than 300,000 times.

It showed a car failing to stop and nearly hitting a woman at a crossing at Hume St.

Grant Beazley reminded people that everyone needed to be responsible at crossings,.

"Just because there are white stripes painted on the road doesn't mean you should walk out in front of a moving car," he said.

"We all need to start taking responsibility for each other."

The woman was nearly struck by a car while on a pedestrian crossing on Hume St.
The woman was nearly struck by a car while on a pedestrian crossing on Hume St.

Jay Ebert said the law was clear on the matter.

"Stopping at a crossing is not a courtesy, it is a legal requirement.

"You must give way to pedestrians at all times.

"That careless fool could be charged for failure to give way and driving without due care and attention."

YouTubers also weighed in with one saying: "He is in the wrong, he should have stopped. This woman is stupid, she should have looked."

Daryl Abbey Halliday said he was not surprised by the footage.

"Toowoomba motorists are the worst drivers in Queensland," he said.

Do motorists take enough care at pedestrian crossings?

This poll ended on 19 November 2016.

Yes - 8%

No - 91%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"Based on the population of Toowoomba and the traffic incidents it even beats Brisbane for bad driving skills.

'I've now got a dash cam in my car as I've had countless near misses driving around Toowoomba.

"I urge all drivers to get a dash cam, they are the worth their weight in gold."

Policeman talks about crossings

Officer-in-charge of the Toowoomba Road Policing Unit Senior Sergeant Brad Clark said while pedestrians had the right to use crossings, they should be aware - especially on dual lane crossings.

He said pedestrians should watch oncoming traffic to avoid dangerous incidents.

Snr Sgt Clark said his wife had avoided being injured in a similar incident.

Her cautious observation of an approaching car alerted her that it wouldn't stop.

"It saved her life on that occasion," he said.

Snr Sgt Clark said inattentive motorists were also a danger.

"Some people drive and don't look ahead further ahead than their bonnet, they're not aware of their surroundings.

"They need to read other traffic and what's happening around them.

"Always approach pedestrian crossing with caution."

Snr Sgt Clark said pedestrians had right of way as soon as they stepped onto the crossing.

He said dash cam evidence could be used to charge motorists, but only if the person filming incidents had met certain prerequisites.

Police generally require a statement from the witness and a time and date stamp on the video.

Witnesses may be asked to make statements to a court.

Topics:  pedestrian crossing toowoomba viral youtube


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

VIDEO: Behind the scenes with our brave firies

Lennox Head Fire Station posted this photo early Friday afternoon.

VIDEO: Look to Sunday as blaze expands with dangerous conditions.

The Waifs announce second Northern Rivers show

25 YEARS: ARIA award-winning band The Waifs returns Bangalow with two shows.

Ironbark is their new album, celebrating the band's 25th anniversary

Nude Olympics etiquette explained

NUDE SHOCK: The Alexandria Bay nude beach carnival is being shifted south of the border.

Rules and the deal breaker which could see the event canned.

Local Partners

MOVIE REVIEW: Matt Damon's The Great Wall gets lost

The Great Wall feels about as artisanal as a fortune cookie. Its underlying message is just as trite.

Paul Murray listens to regions

Paul Murray is taking his Sky News show on the road to shine a spotlight on regional Australia.

Radio broadcaster wants viewers to 'turn up and fire up'

'I didn't even know what a mum was': Celeb on Byron cult

Former The Bachelor Australia contestant Keira Maguire.

Keira Maguire reveals her past to I'm A Celebrity camp mate

Why Hollywood’s siding with Brad Pitt over Angelina Jolie

Jolie may have the kids, but Pitt has custody of Hollywood

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

Things are really heating up on My Kitchen Rules.

Games are being played around the My Kitchen Rules table

Jungle Jay sent packing from I'm a Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Here! contestant Jay Laga'aia with Keira.

BIG friendly giant Jay Laga'aia has been eliminated from I'm A Celeb

Carson Kressley brings 'camp' to I'm a Celebrity jungle

"I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils” ... Carson Kressley.

Meet the "campest” campmate to star on I'm a Celebrity.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

How a first home buyer built house with no deposit

NEARLY THERE: Construction on the first house to home orphans at Umoja began in January.



Photo Contributed

His home will be completed later this year.

EDITORIAL: The un-affordable merry-go-round

SIGN OF THE TIMES: Affordable Housing in Byron Shire.... maybe not so much.

Affordable Housing- the conversation we can't afford not to have.

Just a lazy $2.9 million, this hideaway could be yours

Fancy a rainforest hideaway?

“We figured we wanted to spend more time outside."

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!