Be vig­i­lant on roads this Christ­mas

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CON­STA­BLE ZOE AL­BON OF QUEEN­STOWN PO­LICE

Ho ho hold your speed is the mes­sage lead­ing into Christ­mas.

We have all no­ticed the in­flux of traf­fic and pedes­tri­ans for some time now within Queen­stown. The CBD is the place to test your pa­tience and cour­tesy when driv­ing through.

Re­mem­ber a lot of pedes­tri­ans come from right hand side of the road coun­tries and look the wrong way be­fore cross­ing.

As I tell my own kids, when you feel like scream­ing or the in­ner rage is bub­bling un­der­neath, please try to take a deep breath and get through those try­ing five min­utes.

Most of us that travel through ar­eas of high con­ges­tion reg­u­larly are pre­pared for what­ever may pop into our path­way. Be pre­pared to stop. Smile and breathe. If you can find that ex­tra five or 10 min­utes to leave ear­lier, it may pre­vent some frus­tra­tion and hair loss.

As part of on­go­ing en­force­ment, Queen­stown po­lice would like to re­mind driv­ers to slow down to 20kmh for chil­dren get­ting on and off school buses.

In the 21 years to 2007, 22 chil­dren were killed, 45 were se­ri­ously in­jured and 91 re­ceived mi­nor in­juries when cross­ing a road to or from a school bus. These statis­tics are a sober­ing re­minder for driv­ers to slow down.

Tol­er­ance needs to be on the wish list for most this year.

Con­sta­ble Zoe Al­bon out­side Queen­stown Pri­mary School on Fri­day.

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