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.