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Mum and baby taken to hospital after bollard hit

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

Bollards in High Street

Bollards in High Street

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A MOTHER and baby were taken to hospital after the car they were travelling in became the latest victim of Burton’s notorious bollards.

The pair were taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital, in Belvedere Road, yesterday after their journey into the town came to an abrupt halt in High Street.

The woman, described as being in her 30s, was turning left into High Street from New Street when her grey Seat Leon was caught by the bollard.

Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Ambulance attended the scene with both occupants taken to hospital to be checked over.

It is believed that the mother suffered ‘minor injuries’ and the child escaped unhurt.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police told the Mail: “We were called to an incident in High Street at around 12.20pm yesterday.

“After arriving on scene, officers found a car had collided with a bollard and that the vehicle contained a woman, in her 30s, and a child.

“The pair were taken to hospital to be checked over.”

The bollard was damaged and staff from Staffordshire County Council highways’ team were alerted to the problem.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We did attend the incident in Burton involving a car and a automatic bollard.

“One ambulance attended and a woman in her 30s and a child were taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

“It is not believed that the injuries were too serious. We left the scene at 12.30pm.”

The rising bollards were installed by Staffordshire County Council in November 2008, in a bid to stop motorists flouting restrictions on entering the partpedestrianised area of High Street at peak times.

Dozens of drivers have been caught out by the controversial traffic management scheme since its inception.

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  • Burton Mail  |  December 08 2012, 8:58PM

    I think mrs Mrs Magoo was lucky, it could have been a child she hit at least a car can be repaired or replaced.

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  • Burton Mail  |  December 07 2012, 8:32PM

    Why don't people understand that it is a pedestrian area. Can't they read the signs? If they can't read they shouldn't be driving anyway.

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  • Burton Mail  |  December 04 2012, 5:10PM

    Yet again, poor forward planning and awareness of surroundings has caused an accident in the High Street. The driver of this vehicle has failed in her duty of care to herself, her child, and other road users. Maybe if SCC pursued the driver for the costs of repairing the bollards, or if the police charged the driver with driving without due care and attention, these incidents would become fewer. A driver of any vehicle has to accept that they are in charge of a potential killing machine, and should respect it as such. Incidents at this location are due to one cause, and one cause only....POOR DRIVING!

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  • Burton Mail  |  December 03 2012, 7:10PM

    they should pedestrianise all and build a brick wall see if people hit that.they are putting their own and families life at risk.

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 30 2012, 10:29PM

    For the record Bobbins, I have a clean driving licence - I out this down to the ability to a) read and b) think whilst driving. That's ALL it takes - it is these poor drivers putting your (our) car insurance up, not the bollards which the vast majority of drivers do not fail to recognise.

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 29 2012, 5:28PM

    There seems to be a lot of people wanting penalties enforced for those being caught by the bollards. I'm curious to know as to how many of those people have clean driving licences, or even a licence at all. I for one will crack open a bottle of bubbly the day that those stupid bollards are removed. They do nothing but cause my car insurance to rise. People make mistakes, because people are people. No-one is perfect. In my opinion, the traffic light system for the bollards is too weak, and the notice signs are in the wrong place. The reason I think this is because as a driver myself, and having driven in and out of the town centre thousands of times over the last few years, the reason that people are ending up being poled by the bollard, is because at the point where you are expected to read the warning signs, drivers are too busy trying to avoid hitting other cars, buses, and pedestrians. It's not because people are choosing to ignore the signs, the signs are just badly positioned. The traffic lights should be bigger, brighter, and the warning signs the same. And as for those of you that go on about pedestrian safety, I am all for endorsing J-Walking laws in this country, because I am sick and tired of people crossing the road when the traffic lights by Acquire Estate Agents are on green and I am trying to pull away in my car. So you'll have to excuse me if I don't have any sympathy for those of you complaining about the bollards. The roads are for cars, the pavements are for people. Deal with it!

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 29 2012, 1:24PM

    Sukie - this type of rising bollards are in wide use across the UK and have been for a number of years. It is not a new concept or one designed purely to damage cars. They work perfectly well in other towns & cities so that only leaves driver error as the reason for any accidents.

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 29 2012, 12:21AM

    I think the bollards have done a good job of protecting pedestrians from vehicles. Anyone who remembers just how many cars would violate the no vehicle area before they came will appreciate this. However, with modern ANPR technology and a bylaw change, motorists who break the law could be issued with 3 points and a £60 fine. Or turn it into a toll road with a very high toll, say £250. At least then the lesson is a financial one rather than a painful one.

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 28 2012, 11:39AM

    these drivers should be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention,then they should have to pay to have the bollards repaired.what defence do people have?ooh i didnt see the big red NO ENTRY signs...or i was just following the bus infront.i`ve seen rising bollards all over the country especially in london and oxford when i see a no entry sign i dont go down it.if someone runs over a child can they say i didnt see it.people`s refusal to take responsibility for their own actions is not acceptable!

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 27 2012, 11:00PM

    I want to know why people can't read signs? They are there for a reason. If you were paying attention to the road signs then you would know they are there. Maybe each person that hits these bollards should be forced to take their driving test again and learn how to read the highway code. I have walked past many times and it is very clearly marked.

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