‘Speak out’ on bad roads

Matamata Chronicle - - News - ABBY BROWN

Crash vic­tims say some­thing needs to be done about Mata­mata’s dan­ger­ous roads.

On Oc­to­ber 6 Dave Raupi had to swerve to avoid a tourist driver stopped in the mid­dle of Mor­rinsville-Wal­ton Rd, near where it in­ter­sects with Hutchin­son Rd, af­ter he crested the hill. He wrote off his car when he went into the ditch.

Dave sug­gested widen­ing the road and mak­ing a turn­ing bay so driv­ers can merge safely. He also sug­gested flat­ten­ing out the hill or paint­ing yel­low bro­ken lines on the side of the road .

He would also like tourists to be tested be­fore they can drive on New Zealand roads.

His friend, Zenith Vin­cent, crashed his mo­tor­bike into the back of a car as the ‘‘old bird driv­ing was stopped in the mid­dle of the road check­ing her map’’ .

He suf­fered a par­tial am­pu­ta­tion but af­ter four surg­eries he now has a rod in his tibia.

He agreed with Dave that aware­ness of how dan­ger­ous the road was needed to be raised and im­prove­ments could be made.

Dave wants other peo­ple who have had ac­ci­dents there to come for­ward.

‘‘There’s bound to be other peo­ple out there who have run-ins there and if they can voice it then some­thing may be done about it. I know I would stand be­hind it. I could have lost my life, sim­ple as that.’’

A mo­tor­cy­clist was killed on Mor­rinsville-Wal­ton Rd last year when they col­lided with a 10-tonne trac­tor-trailer unit.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil’s communications of­fi­cer, Adele Pre­ston, said the coun­cil re­views roads, us­ing po­lice re­ports, af­ter ac­ci­dents to iden­tify any road de­sign or main­te­nance is­sues that may have con­trib­uted to them.

‘‘An in­de­pen­dent safety as­sess­ment was un­der­taken at the Mor­rinsville-Wal­ton Rd and Hutchin­son Rd in­ter­sec­tion a num­ber of years ago in re­sponse to an ac­ci­dent in the vicin­ity.

‘‘This con­cluded that the cur- rent lay­out is within best prac­tice guide­lines.’’ The pro­vi­sional po­lice re­port from Dave’s ac­ci­dent in­di­cated that Hutchin­son Rd was not a fac­tor in the ac­ci­dent.

She said the coun­cil en­cour­aged the com­mu­nity to con­tact them with their safety con­cerns and to re­port ac­ci­dents or near misses by fill­ing out a form at their web­site at mpdc.nz/con­tact.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Dave Raupi at the scene of his ac­ci­dent on Mor­rinsville-Wal­ton Rd.

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