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Irresponsible Mum Drags Child Across Busy Roundabout (Video)

14/08/2014 17:02 | Updated 20 May 2015

Reckless mother drags child across busy roundabout (video)

A mother has been condemned as reckless after she was filmed dragging a child into two lanes of traffic as they crossed a busy roundabout.

The footage, shot by driving instructor Phil Hunt, 47, on a dashboard camera, shows the woman making her way across the grass island in the middle of the road surrounded by a constant stream of traffic, in Canterbury, Kent.

She ignored a nearby pedestrian crossing before walking out into the first of the two lanes of traffic, clutching an umbrella in one hand and pulling the child along with the other.

After more than a minute of trying to negotiate the traffic, she manages to reach the other side of the busy junction.

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Mr Hunt, who runs PH Driving School in Canterbury, posted the footage on YouTube to draw attention to the behaviour he encounters on a daily basis.

He said: "I was travelling with my wife when I saw it. I couldn't believe my eyes.

"It is one of Canterbury's worst roundabouts for accidents. It was quite scary to see. My wife just wanted to shake the woman for being so stupid.

"People who have viewed it on Facebook couldn't believe it either. I want to highlight the dangerous things people do every day on the roads."

Steve Horton, head of road safety at Kent County Council, said he was shocked by the 'rash choice' of the woman.

He said: "This is irresponsible and dangerous behaviour and shows a complete lack of understanding for the danger she is placing herself and the child in.

"The woman is clearly seen leading a child across several lines of traffic in an area where drivers would not be expecting them.

"There is a subway at this busy junction and a footbridge a short distance away - either of these avoid the dangers they were exposed to.

"The reality is people are killed or have their lives irreversibly changed by such moments of poor judgement or rash choice."

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