Capturing the moment!

 

A Google Streetview image of Westgate Drive Auckland showing a child lying in the road during a what is described as a road safety drill. Photo / Supplied A Google Streetview image of Westgate Drive Auckland showing a child lying in the road during a what is described as a road safety drill.

At first glance, it appears Google has snapped the moment before a horrific accident – a boy lying face-down on the road, a car about to run him over.

Among the onlookers, three children seem to stand paralysed with fear, hands out to try to stop the car.

But the image is just a West Auckland primary school running through a standard road safety tutorial with the local police constable.

Royal Road Primary School said the Google vehicle that took the images for the site’s street view function in 2009 happened to go past in the middle of their training.

The school said it was a “set-up” photo to be used in a road safety presentation. “During the presentation, this photo would show the children what could happen if they were to dash out in front of a car on the road.”

The scene was controlled by a police officer and several adult helpers to ensure the safety of the children, the school told the Herald.

The image was plain to see on Wednesday but the child lying in the middle of the road has now been blurred out after Google was alerted.

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