Safe winter driving aim for agency
With the possibility of a long, cold winter ahead, it is important that motorists can easily access the latest information on road conditions before setting out on their journeys.
The NZ Transport Agency ( NZTA) website highwayinfo. govt. nz lists road conditions and delays, hazards or closures on the state highway network.
The website is updated in real time, and is the best source for the most recent information on highway conditions.
The NZTA also operates a Highway Info toll free number, 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).
‘‘ In winter, weather conditions can change quickly and often without warning, so it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected by checking road conditions in advance,‘‘ NZTA chief executive Geoff Dangerfield said.
‘‘Highway Info is updated in real time by our contractors and engineers on the ground, and the website is automatically refreshed every two minutes.’’
Mr Dangerfield said drivers should also pay close attention to warnings or closure notifications displayed on the NZTA’s network of roadside electronic message signs, which display the latest information on road conditions for motorists.
‘‘The NZTA wants every journey on our roads to be a safe journey, and we’re working hard to ensure that motorists are getting the best possible information direct from the source to help them make safe, well- informed decisions on their travel,’’ he said.
Mr Dangerfield also urged drivers to think about the things they could do to make their winter driving journeys safer.
‘‘The days are shorter and the weather is unpredictable, so it’s important that we all allow more time for our trips, adjust our driving to the conditions, and make sure that our vehicles are winter-fit,’’ he said.
‘‘Many garages offer winter safety checks, which will ensure that your tyres, brakes, windscreen wipers, lights and steering system are all up to scratch for winter driving.’’
The NZTA says always drive to the conditions, use chains if required, and to be prepared for difficult winter conditions on all roads. kittens and other small animals.
From January 1, 2010, glue boards were declared ‘‘restricted’’ under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 section 32. On January 1, 2015, the use and sale of these traps will become illegal.
Currently there are a few people who meet exception criteria. These are commercial pest control operators, Department of Conservation employees and their contractors and boat operators who transport people to and from islands that are free from pests.
If you do not meet the exception criteria then the use of them is illegal and penalties may be imposed.
This may be a six-month imprisonment and/or a $25,000 fine. This means retailers need to be wary of who they sell these to.
Every year the SPCA deals with dozens of cases involving kittens and other small pets becoming caught in inhumane glue board traps.
It is important for everyone to be aware of these cruel traps and to actively and politely approach retailers that sell these items and offer information of the cruelty and harm they cause and also the conditions of sale or to at least contact the SPCA to inform them of these retailers so they can be provided with information. If you ever see glue traps being used to capture and kill animals ask the users to stop using them and provide them with information on more humane alternatives.
I’m not opposed to vermin and rodent control but I am against the cruel and inhumane methods we as the ‘‘superior intellect’’ resort to without further consideration. for all especially those vocal selfish and demanding persons clamouring for stadiums and heaven knows what, all at the expense of the ratepayers who will never get to use such extravagant facilities. If they want extras get a shovel and build it themselves.
Kids especially these days think they have a right to anything they want – all without any effort on their part, no doubt encouraged by doting parents and grandparents who have failed to raise them responsibly and failed to teach them that nothing in life is free.
Those who weathered the great depression can testify to that. Get real.