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Riddell Road resident seeks to reduce speedsters

17 March 2005

Riddell Road resident seeks to reduce speedsters

Motorists speeding along Riddell Road are a major concern says a local resident Abby Rushton and she plans to do something about it.

Auckland City’s speed data counts show that some motorists on Riddell Road reach over 80 km/h and most cars are doing at least 61 km/h the legal limit is 50 km/h.

With the support of Auckland City, Ms Rushton has committed to spending two weeks going around her neighbourhood spreading the slow down message.

“Research has shown that some motorists do speed in the street they live in. These are the people Ms Rushton is targeting in the slow down campaign,” says Claire Dixon, Auckland City’s road safety co-ordinator.

“The council is happy to facilitate and fund this road safety campaign in the community. It’s great to be able to empower a local resident to spread this important message,” says Ms Dixon.

Ms Rushton has made her own flyers to give out, and has organised for local businesses to wear t-shirts, use shopping bags, and give out key tags all printed with the slow down message.

She is visiting the neighbours with her son, 5-month-old Quinn, who will also sport the slow down message on his little t-shirt.

“Several local pets have been killed on our road and it’s just matter of time before a child is hit by a speeding car. I want to spread the word about slowing down and encourage the community to get behind this important road safety message,” says Ms Rushton.

In conjunction with this campaign the year 11, 12 and 13 pupils at the local high school, Glendowie College, will be given presentations about the dangers of speeding organised by Auckland City and presented by the New Zealand Police and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).

Ms Rushton will be visiting her neighbours during the two weeks starting Monday, 14 March and finishing Friday, 25 March.


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