Artist’s costly brush with Oxford traffic bollard

thisisoxfordshire: Susan Harrison Susan Harrison

AN ARTIST who visited Oxford for an exhibition accidentally drove over a rising traffic bollard and was left with a £5,000 car repair bill and bruising on her ribs.

Susan Harrison was trying to find the International Art Show at Oxford Town Hall, in St Aldate’s, when she inadvertently drove over the rising bollard in Oriel Square, off High Street.

Mrs Harrison, 63, who lives in Nutley, Sussex, said: “I hit the steering wheel with my head and ribs, it was like having a crash.”

In a state of shock, still not realising what had happened, she reversed the car before calling the AA who sent a tow truck out to help.

Mrs Harrison bought her Jeep in America for $24,000 in 2007.

It is still in the garage now, following the accident on Friday, February 7, but she says the bill is already at £5,000 before repair work has finished.

Oxfordshire County Council said there are signs which clearly state “do not follow the vehicle in front”, but Mrs Harrison could claim for compensation.

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1:03am Fri 21 Feb 14

Myron Blatz says...

These bollards can be more trouble than they are worth, and warning signs about them aren't always of use to motorists who might be more concered about being lost amongst Oxford's confusing traffic flows - and sometimes trying to decide which sign to read! With poor city centre parking and an avowed hatred by City Council of anything but masses of buses clogging-up central Oxford, it's probably easier to hold events elsewhere!
These bollards can be more trouble than they are worth, and warning signs about them aren't always of use to motorists who might be more concered about being lost amongst Oxford's confusing traffic flows - and sometimes trying to decide which sign to read! With poor city centre parking and an avowed hatred by City Council of anything but masses of buses clogging-up central Oxford, it's probably easier to hold events elsewhere! Myron Blatz
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12:27pm Fri 21 Feb 14

King Joke says...

Rubbish Myron. THe Oriel Square bollard is so well sign posted, the only way you can miss it is by being either too stupid, or too blind, to be driving in the first place.

Besides which, a cursory glance at a map of central Oxford, Google Maps included, will show you that Oriel Square is not a through route. I'm sure too that event organisers would have advised on travel advice to this event. You've only got yourself to blame if you ignore advice and drive round in a daze.
Rubbish Myron. THe Oriel Square bollard is so well sign posted, the only way you can miss it is by being either too stupid, or too blind, to be driving in the first place. Besides which, a cursory glance at a map of central Oxford, Google Maps included, will show you that Oriel Square is not a through route. I'm sure too that event organisers would have advised on travel advice to this event. You've only got yourself to blame if you ignore advice and drive round in a daze. King Joke
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2:03pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

King Joke wrote:
Rubbish Myron. THe Oriel Square bollard is so well sign posted, the only way you can miss it is by being either too stupid, or too blind, to be driving in the first place.

Besides which, a cursory glance at a map of central Oxford, Google Maps included, will show you that Oriel Square is not a through route. I'm sure too that event organisers would have advised on travel advice to this event. You've only got yourself to blame if you ignore advice and drive round in a daze.
Absolutely.

The US$ was approximately 2$ to the £1 back in 2007. With depreciation, it's now worth around £4800. So I'm not sure if it is wise to spend £5,000 repairing something of lower value.

Left hand drive(?) isn't ideal in a country where road signage is set up for right hand drive cars.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Rubbish Myron. THe Oriel Square bollard is so well sign posted, the only way you can miss it is by being either too stupid, or too blind, to be driving in the first place. Besides which, a cursory glance at a map of central Oxford, Google Maps included, will show you that Oriel Square is not a through route. I'm sure too that event organisers would have advised on travel advice to this event. You've only got yourself to blame if you ignore advice and drive round in a daze.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. The US$ was approximately 2$ to the £1 back in 2007. With depreciation, it's now worth around £4800. So I'm not sure if it is wise to spend £5,000 repairing something of lower value. Left hand drive(?) isn't ideal in a country where road signage is set up for right hand drive cars. Andrew:Oxford
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2:31pm Fri 21 Feb 14

King Joke says...

You could sit in the back seat in a Jeep and still see the signs at Oriel Sq, they are that hard to miss! I get your point though, it's the driver's responsibility to look out for signs, regardless of where you choose to put the steering wheel...
You could sit in the back seat in a Jeep and still see the signs at Oriel Sq, they are that hard to miss! I get your point though, it's the driver's responsibility to look out for signs, regardless of where you choose to put the steering wheel... King Joke
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10:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

onemorething says...

Will she be sued for damage to public property?
Will she be sued for damage to public property? onemorething
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8:08am Mon 24 Feb 14

King Joke says...

onemorething wrote:
Will she be sued for damage to public property?
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[quote][p][bold]onemorething[/bold] wrote: Will she be sued for damage to public property?[/p][/quote]Like King Joke
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