A nasty traffic incident has been avoided after a motorist saved a young girl from a busy Onehunga intersection as she played on the road alone.
Dashcam footage showed the toddler playing alone at the intersection of Quadrant Rd and Trafalgar St around 8.20pm yesterday.
She was standing about a metre from the curb, stomping her feet and facing the opposite direction of the motorist who caught the incident on camera.
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The lights of the intersection were red when he arrived but quickly transitioned to green - at this moment the girl started running towards oncoming vehicles.
The motorist raced out of his vehicle and raced towards the girl who was in harm's way as two other men ran onto the road from a nearby property.
Luckily, the girl was plucked from the street unharmed with vehicles from the other side of the intersection stopping midway through to avoid a collision.
"I just ran as fast as I could to get her," the motorist, who asked not to be named, told the Herald.
"When I saw her, I didn't know it was a girl. She wasn't moving and I was thinking it was probably someone doing a prank with a doll."
The motorist assumed it was the girl's parent who ran out of the property and picked her up from the footpath.
He did not thank or say anything to the motorist who saved the girl from the road.
The motorist hoped the incident would serve as a reminder for parents to always be attentive and aware of their child's safety.
"Little children, especially toddlers, are very active and will go anywhere to play with something that picks their interest," he said.
"I think the child's safety is the utmost priority of anyone who would want to jump into parenthood and there is no room for excuses."
In a section on their website about road safety for children, NZ Transport Agency said they should only play outside in well-fenced areas away from traffic.
If a ball, toy, pet or other item was to go onto a road while they were playing, children should be taught to ask an adult for help.
Elsewhere, Safekids Aotearoa said children needed to keep their heads up and devices down when crossing the road.
Pedestrian crossings and controlled intersections should always be used when crossing the road and children ought to be wary of driveways too.
Drivers needed to be wary inside school zones at all times and were told to double-check intersections and crossings.