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How fast can you really go before you hit a child?

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Thursday 5 February 2004


How fast can you really go before you hit a child?

Come along and see how far a car will travel at speed after the driver brakes – the results may shock you.

The second of four spectacular speed demonstrations is being held on:

Tuesday 10 February,
Outside Isleworth School,
Isleworth Road,
Bishopdale
at 6.30pm.

The City Council wants the public to see for itself how far a car will travel before it stops when the driver slams on the brakes at the sight of mock pedestrians. It is hoped that the results will shock motorists into slowing down.

The Christchurch City Council, New Zealand Police, Land Transport Safety Authority, St John, the Fire Service and More FM are staging a series of stopping distance demonstrations and mock crashes each Tuesday evening in February in various neighbourhoods around the city. Last Tuesday the first demonstration at Halswell attracted a huge crowd.

A sausage sizzle fundraiser starts at 6.30 pm, followed by the speed demonstration at 6.50 pm sharp, and a mock car crash, at 7.15pm.

If wet or too windy, the event will be postponed to Wednesday 11 February.

Next in the series:
The next speed demonstrations will be on:
17 February, outside Freeville School, Willryan Avenue, 6.30pm; and
24 February, outside Beckenham School, sandwich Avenue, 6.30pm.

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