Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Drivers asked to be careful of children

Drivers asked to be careful of children crossing roads during the holidays

“Now that the school holidays are here, drivers need to be extra vigilant as children will be out and about at times other than 9am and 3pm,” says Joy Kingsbury-Aitken, the Christchurch City Council’s Schools Co-ordinator.

She says that care will be needed at all intersections, not just those near schools.

At the beginning of term four a successful campaign was run to encourage drivers to give way to children at busy signalised intersections near schools. The campaign was a joint venture with the City Council, Police and the Land Transport Safety Authority and coincided with Kidsafe Week (18-25 October).

The Council’s City Streets Unit identified a number of school communities near busy intersections with signals, that have problems with motorists not giving way to pedestrians. These schools provided volunteer ‘spotters’ before and after school during the campaign, to record the number plates of drivers observed not giving way to pedestrians.

Sixty-nine people subsequently received a letter from the Police informing them that their vehicle had been seen driving in a way that endangered children. One driver received an infringement notice. Four people were sent the letter more than once.

“This campaign was part of an ongoing programme to bring about a change in driver behaviour,” says Kingsbury-Aitken. “School communities involved supported the campaign and believed it was a very worthwhile initiative which raised community awareness of the problem.”

The campaign was especially effective at Heaton Intermediate, Spreydon School and Wairakei School.

“It has been good to give a focus to the intersection and the campaign has made drivers more aware of children,” says Heaton Intermediate principal, David Bycroft. “Most of the incidences were unthinking rather than deliberate, but there have been a number of near misses reported.”

Wairakei School principal, Chris Herrick, noticed an improvement in driver behaviour during the campaign. “However, we have reported a large number of offences to Police, particularly in the afternoons, and red light running is prevalent. Recent improvements by the Council at the intersection of Greers and Wairakei Roads have been very successful in improving pedestrian visibility and safety but cars turning right from Greers Road into Wairakei Road need to take more care.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Ardern Speech: Justice Summit Opens

If we want to talk about an effective justice system, we shouldn’t start with a discussion about prisons, but a discussion about New Zealand...

We believe in a ‘fair go’. We are fair minded and like to give people a chance. Ensuring everyone is treated fairly is part of the fabric of our culture.

And equally, we are defined by what we don’t believe ourselves to be – and we certainly don’t feel like the kind of place that would have one of the highest incarceration rates in the western world, and yet we do. More>>

 

Let It Go: MP Pay To Be Frozen
“Today Cabinet agreed to freeze MP Pay till July 2019, and to reassess the funding formula used by the Authority to ensure it is fair and in keeping with this Government’s expectations and values,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

ALSO:

Cop Shop Top-Up: 1800 New Police Through NZ

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has today confirmed further details around the allocation of the 1800 additional officers, following a $298.8 million increase for Police in Budget 2018... “These 1800 officers, alongside 485 support staff, will really enhance our work to keep people safe, and ensure they feel safe,” says Mr Bush. More>>

ALSO:

Human Right Commissions: Concern On Aged Care And Consent

A new report published by the Human Rights Commission raises concerns about the legal and human rights safeguards for an estimated 5000 elderly New Zealanders in secure dementia units and psychogeriatric facilities. More>>

ALSO:

Justice Reform: Andrew Little Interviewed By Corin Dann

“We’ve had thirty years of the auction of more penalties, more crime, more people in prison but it‘s not working, it’s not making us safe.” More>>

ALSO:

Greens AGM: Leadership Stands Firm On Waka Jumping Bill

The Green Party leadership have dug in their heels and will not be reversing any of the decisions they have made in government. Former MPs Jeanette Fitzsimons and Sue Bradford had hoped the caucus might be persuaded this weekend to pull its support from the waka jumping bill. More>>

ALSO:

TOP Still Going, Actually: New Leader For Opportunities Party

New leader Geoff Simmons' aim as the leader of TOP is to take the party into Parliament at the next election where it can advocate and implement progressive reform in areas including fair taxation, cannabis legalisation, affordable housing, and environmental protection. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case... More>>

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages