Fatality sparks law call

PASSING a law requiring vehicles to stop when passengers get off buses will be explored, following the death of a pedestrian in the North.

A spokesman for Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding said yesterday that Mr Hidding's thoughts were with the family of 15-year-old girl who died after being hit by a car on Friday night.

She had just stepped off a bus on the West Tamar Highway at Sidmouth.

The spokesman said that any life lost on Tasmanian roads was one too many and "our thoughts are with the family of the teenager who died on Friday night".

"The Minister will seek an urgent briefing from the department on best practice legislative initiatives from around the world to help inform decisions around road safety," the spokesman said. "And he will carefully consider the coroner's findings from this tragic event in due course."

The commitment follows a query on whether the government would consider following road safety initiatives from Victoria and some US states.

In those jurisdictions, vehicles are required to stop when trams stop, or vehicles must stop when school buses stop.

In these situations, passengers can leave public transport and cross the road in much greater safety.

Friday night's death is the latest in a string of similar incidents.

In 2012, a girl who had just stepped off a school bus in the Derwent Valley was struck by a ute and killed.

In the North in 2006, a nine-year-old boy was hit by a car and died on Lilydale Road. The Underwood boy ran across the road after getting off the school bus.

Police found that the driver had been travelling at 57km/h, despite the 40km/h speed limit in place within 50 metres of a school bus which had its warning lights flashing.

In 2012, a bus safety initiative was launched at Hagley Farm Primary School aiming to teach children and parents how to act on and around buses to minimise crashes and injuries.

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