SLOW DOWN!

Katikati Advertiser - - Front Page - By CHRIS STEEL

Agroup of lo­cal busi­ness­men are con­cerned about the speed at which trucks are thun­der­ing into town and not slow­ing down by the time they reach the 50km/h sign on State High­way 2.

Glynn Peters from Go Com­put­ers on Main Road says it’s not just trucks, it’s al­most ev­ery car.

“Peo­ple are not even slow­ing down when you come out of the drive­way.”

Ian Wood has the car sales yard at the south end of town on the cor­ner of SH2 and Mar­shall Road. He says the num­ber of peo­ple who come at speed and the in­ten­sity of traf­fic, “it’s so fast I of­ten hear horns and screeches of brakes.”

Katikati Chris­tian Cen­tre Pas­tor Rob Hold­ing says he rings 0800LOG TRUCK at least once a week.

“If I can catch the name on the side of the truck Iwill ring the com­pany and ask them to ‘en­cour­age’ their driv­ers to slow down.”

And the lo­cal truck­ies are just as bad, he says, “but it is ev­ery­body.”

Rob ex­its from Henry Road onto SH2 reg­u­larly and has seen a few near misses.

“I was turning right into Henry Road and a car com­ing out of Mar­shall Road turning right, pulled out in front ofme. They just go when there’s a gap be­cause of the in­ten­sity of the traf­fic.”

He says there used to be a speed cam­era by Count­down su­per­mar­ket.

Rob be­lieves if the NZ Trans­port Agency (NZTA) was to put an 80km/h sign by Wharawhara Road this­would help slow traf­fic.

Katikati Po­lice Sergeant Steve Hind­marsh says the po­lice have had a com­plaint about trucks speed­ing through town at night and in early hours of the morn­ing.

“We did have high­way pa­trol units do­ing some early morn­ing pa­trols which did catch a few.”

Mr Hind­marsh says they can do some polic­ing of it, but it is more about ed­u­cat­ing driv­ers to slow down.

“Some­times the signs are too close to the town. It seems to take a lit­tle bit of time for driv­ers to react.”

He says if peo­ple feel strongly enough about traf­fic speed­ing they could get names to­gether in the form of a pe­ti­tion to send to NZTA out­lin­ing their con­cerns and sug­ges­tions or they could con­tact their lo­cal MP.

“The more noise that is­made, the more likely some­thing can be done about it.

Katikati busi­ness­men Glynn Peters, Ian Wood and Rob Hold­ing urge driv­ers to slow down and do what the sign says - 50km/h.

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