Viral video of pedestrian crossing sparks debate


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?

"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.

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