Turn­ing safely

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - COUN­CIL

Sel­wyn mo­torists are be­ing re­minded of the need to take care at in­ter­sec­tions through a new Sel­wyn District Coun­cil road safety cam­paign.

The ‘What’s the cost’ cam­paign aimed to raise aware­ness by pro­fil­ing the price of fail­ing to stop or give way at in­ter­sec­tions.

Of the crashes in Sel­wyn, 40 per cent hap­pend at in­ter­sec­tions. From 2013 to 2017, there were 571 crashes at in­ter­sec­tions within the district, and 216 of them in­volved an in­jury, with eight fa­tal­i­ties recorded. In Sel­wyn 61 per cent of in­ter­sec­tion crashes were caused by fail­ing to stop or give way. Poor driver ob­ser­va­tion was a fac­tor in 49 per cent of all in­ter­sec­tion crashes.

Po­lice se­nior sergeant Pete Stills said stop­ping meant a ve­hi­cle’s wheels did not move at all.

‘‘We en­cour­age peo­ple to come to a com­plete stop, to not start look­ing un­til af­ter they have stopped and to have a good hard look to en­sure that if there is no mo­tor­cy­cle or dark coloured ve­hi­cle they can’t see. We en­cour­age peo­ple to travel with their lights on to make sure they are vis­i­ble to oth­ers,’’ he said.

Along with the risk of caus­ing a crash, mo­torists fail­ing to stop or give way faced an in­stant $150 fine and 20 de­merit points. Po­lice would sup­port the ‘What’s the cost’ cam­paign by mon­i­tor­ing in­ter­sec­tions for mo­torists who failed to stop or give way.

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