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 email@example.com to find out more information.