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TRAGIC EASTER ON ROADS

‘‘We’ve had another tragic week­end on our roads,’’ said As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner for Road Polic­ing San­dra Ven­ables. ‘‘There have been six deaths from four crashes this Easter, along with a num­ber of peo­ple se­ri­ously in­jured in other crashes. ‘‘Crashes are pre­ventable. ‘‘I ask all road users to take care of them­selves and their pas­sen­gers. De­ci­sions you make in your car, your truck, or on your bike im­pact on ev­ery­one.

‘‘Even good driv­ers can make mis­takes, so stay fo­cused on get­ting to your desti­na­tion safely.

‘‘Make sure you’re pay­ing at­ten­tion to your driv­ing, be aware of hazards, and take a break if you’re tired.

‘‘Al­ways drive to the con­di­tions, put your cell phone away, wear your seat­belt, and don’t drink when you’re go­ing to drive.’’

NZ Trans­port Agency Di­rec­tor of Safety and En­vi­ron­ment Harry Wilson said the deaths and in­juries sus­tained in crashes over the week­end will af­fect fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties for many years to come. ‘‘Ev­ery death and se­ri­ous in­jury on our roads is a tragedy.

‘‘Th­ese peo­ple are not num­bers, and we should never lose sight of the real hu­man loss and griev­ing be­hind the fig­ures.

‘‘We know peo­ple can mis­takes when they’re driv­ing, which is why it’s so im­por­tant that we all do the sim­ple things that we can to lessen the im­pact of mis­takes. ‘‘That means choos­ing to wear your seat­belt, be­cause if you do make a mis­take and crash, it can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

‘‘It also means watch­ing your speed, be­cause the speed you’re trav­el­ling at when you crash has a di­rect im­pact on whether you will walk away or be car­ried away in an am­bu­lance or a hearse.’’

‘‘It’s been a grim Easter on the roads,’’ said ACC’s Chief Customer Of­fi­cer Mike Tully. ‘‘Peo­ple need to un­der­stand that be­hind th­ese statis­tics the true cost is the far-reach­ing im­pact – phys­i­cally and men­tally – that road ac­ci­dents have on vic­tims, their fam­i­lies, and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘We all have to start driv­ing and rid­ing more re­spon­si­bly.’’

SAY­ING NO TO CRIME

A proac­tive group of South Auck­land shop own­ers has taken to so­cial me­dia ser­vice What­sApp to ad­dress re­tail crime.

And this Satur­day, April 7, from 11am to 1pm at the Pa­pakura Clock Tower, mem­bers of the group will take their mes­sage to the street and com­mu­nity with a free sausage siz­zle.

An or­gan­iser of the event says the theme is Say No To Crime and the group’s vi­sion is for a ‘‘safer com­mu­nity’’. Mem­bers of the group in­clude own­ers of lo­cal dairies, liquor stores, restau­rants and veg­etable shops.

They are also look­ing at ways of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity in the fu­ture, by way of help­ing with school uni­forms, bags and lunches.

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to send an email to southauck­land­group@gmail.com to find out more in­for­ma­tion.

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