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

 


Caution Urged As Winter Weather Approaches

Caution Urged As Winter Weather Approaches

A blast of cold, wet weather will increase the risks to road users in
Canterbury this weekend with the possibility of heavy rain and snow to higher
levels.

Senior Sergeant Phil Newton of the Canterbury Highway Patrol says road users
should adapt their driving practices to the conditions.

"Winter weather dramatically increases the chances of having a crash -
especially if drivers have lapses in concentration," he says.

The winter months are traditionally bad ones on local roads. Last year 33
people died on Canterbury roads, and 10 of these (30%) were lost between May
and August.

"The biggest factor in the winter road toll is motorists failing to drive to
the conditions. Our most important message to all drivers is to slow down
whenever the weather turns bad.

"Drivers also need to increase their following distance behind other
vehicles, to ensure they have a better chance of reacting quickly enough to
hazards or difficult situations."

Senior Sergeant Newton says the average vehicle will take between 28 and 35
metres to stop when travelling at 50 kilometres an hour, on good roads and
with good driver reactions. At 100 kilometres an hour the stopping distance
increases to between 98 and 112 metres.

"And if a driver is going too fast in the wet, where visibility can be
limited and traction is reduced, these stopping distances increase even
further.

Drivers should also ensure they have an unobstructed view through their
windscreens and windows by clearing ice and condensation.

"I have already seen one driver leaning out of his side window while driving
in an attempt to get good visibility," he says. "The stupidity of some people
to place themselves and other road users in danger of having a crash is
amazing."

Police recommend motorists give their vehicles a thorough check at this time
of year, to ensuring their vehicle is safe for the conditions and to reduce
the chances of crashes. This should include:

• Tyres have sufficient tread
• Brakes are working correctly
• All lights are working
• Windscreen wipers are in good condition
• Vehicle has a current Warrant of fitness
• Snow chains are on board if travelling over the passes.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Urban Planning Report: Momentum Grows To Replace The RMA

A major new report from the Productivity Commission lays the foundation for action on the growing political consensus that the Resource Management Act and associated laws are failing both cities and the natural environment and need a complete rewrite.

Published this morning, the final “Better Urban Planning” report is the culmination of eight years of investigations ordered by the government into the causes of unaffordable housing and urban planning. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Labour/Greens Deal (And The NZDF)

If Labour and the Greens were hoping their Budget Responsibility Rules (BRR) agreement would foster an unlikely alliance then hey… mission accomplished! Because it isn’t every day that Sue Bradford, the CTU and Matthew Hooton speak with one voice, as happened yesterday. More>>

ALSO:

Until After The Election: Extension Of Report-Back Date For Havelock North Inquiry

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that the report-back date for the independent Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water has been extended at the request of the Inquiry’s Panel. More>>

ALSO:

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news