Police say they’ll speak with pram-pushing mum hit by car
POLICE say they hope to soon talk with a mother who was hit by a car while she pushed a pram across Nicklin Way during heavy traffic on Wednesday evening.
She was believed to have been crossing the major thoroughfare about 80m from a pedestrian crossing, near the intersection with Palkana Dr at Warana.
The young boy who was in the pram was released from Nambour General Hospital yesterday after being treated for a minor injury to his head that happened when he fell out of the pram.
Kawana Police's follow-up investigation is expected to happen in the next few days as the woman, who is in a stable condition, continues her hospital recovery in Nambour after suffering none-life-threatening injuries.
Kawana Duty Sergeant Dale Johnson said: "We really want to push the message that all people using our roads must obey the rules, and that includes pedestrians.
"We can understand pedestrians getting distracted by things like having to look after kids or if they are on their mobile phones but it is important that people go about things in a safe manner.
"Regardless of what the rules say about where it's legal or not legal to cross a road, commonsense has to prevail and the problem is you can't legislate for commonsense."
The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads' rules on pedestrians are quite clear on how and where people can cross roads.
They are also clear on the penalties that apply.
Regulation 234(1) of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act states that when crossing a road on or near a crossing for pedestrians, that "a pedestrian must not cross a road, or part of a road, within 20m of a crossing".
There are also regulations which state pedestrians must cross roads in the most direct line and must not stay on the road any longer than it takes to get across safely.
Traditionally, Queensland's road rules stated that motorists must always give way to pedestrians, which meant drivers would always be in the wrong if a person was hit by a vehicle.
However, there have been several changes to the Act since 1995 regarding how and where people can walk on or along roads.
For example, the various sub-sections of Regulation 238 say that walkers must stick to footpaths but if they can't, they must walk in the direction of oncoming traffic and as far to the side of the road as practicable.
The overriding rule is Regulation 236(1) which says: "A pedestrian must not cause a traffic hazard by moving into the path of a driver."
Because pedestrians are not necessarily also holders of drivers' licences, the penalties in the Act regarding breaches of the pedestrian rules are comprised of "penalty units" instead of demerit points.
A penalty unit is the basis of calculating fines, and their value can changed from year to year.
At present, a penalty unit is valued at $117.80.
Breaches of the regulations mentioned here carry a maximum penalty of 20 penalty units, or $2356.
Apart from the safety aspects of the Queensland road rules, a printed version would also make a hefty door-stop. The official government document is 429 pages, of which 17 pages refer to pedestrians.