Sig­nage costs make mock­ery of safer roads

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

make posed a threat to the safety of model jets flown at the air­field.

In the wake of this claim, I would sug­gest that res­i­dents of Lochmaben and Dumphries roads be gravely con­cerned over the safety of their prop­er­ties and their fam­i­lies. My con­cern is be­cause there is no re­stric­tion on the use of wifi-ca­pa­ble mo­bile phones, each with with six times the power level that CAA has deemed to be un­safe to these mod­els, on or near the air­field when these RC jets are fly­ing. I would also be very wor­ried as to the ef­fect that home wifi sys­tems in these streets (at 10 times the power level of my pro­posed trans­mis­sions) would have on the safe oper­a­tion of those heavy and fast jet-pow­ered mod­els which are flown just a few hun­dred me­tres from the houses con­cerned.

On four oc­ca­sions al­ready, these dan­ger­ous mod­els have crashed into the grounds of the ad­ja­cent mo­tor­cy­cle and dirt-bike clubs – on one oc­ca­sion ex­plod­ing in a huge fire­ball on im­pact, and on an­other, a tall pine tree was the only rea­son the model con­cerned did not con­tinue on to crash into prop­er­ties on Lochmaben Rd it­self.

If the SWDC does not act on this is­sue they must surely be held re­spon­si­ble and li­able for any dam­age, in­jury or death that oc­curs from a fail­ure to ei­ther ban these dan­ger­ous mod­els or im­pose a ban on all wifi equip­ment in the area.

Bruce Simp­son, Toko­roa

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