Local police are urging motorists to be vigilant and slow down near school crossings after a girl was hit by a car near a crossing 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 St, Yarrawonga, about 8.30am last Wednesday.
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 did not have these.
Drivers must wait until all pedestrians are clear of the crossing, or as indicated by the supervisor.
Leading Sen Const Cowley said people should be aware of the school zone speed limits, which were 40km/h and generally in place from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm.
‘‘We target school zones on patrols every day, both in the morning and in the afternoon,’’ he said.
People failing to follow road laws at these times can face fines of $389 and the loss of three demerit points.