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

 


Scraping the surface

Scraping the surface

Drivers are being advised to be aware of the dangers when on the road this winter. Upper Hutt City Council’s Community Development team is giving away free windscreen ice scrapers to the community as part of a Safe Hutt Valley initiative.

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 16 MAY 2014—Given the popularity in previous years, and to encourage key messages of ‘drive safe, drive to the road conditions,’ Upper Hutt City Council will continue to provide free windscreen ice scrapers to drivers.

Council’s Community Development Advisor, Melanie Baxter is urging motorists to take extreme care and drive to the conditions. “Driving too fast for the conditions is a leading cause of serious injuries in road crashes. At this time of year, road conditions can change suddenly. Be prepared for the unexpected and drive to the conditions to ensure you stay safe.”

The windscreen ice scrapers are a practical tool for drivers as well as a way to keep the safety message strong. “Drivers must make sure they clear all their vehicle windows of ice and condensation before driving. It’s an offence to drive with an obscured windscreen, so take the time to clear them to minimise the possibility of a crash,” says Mrs Baxter. “It takes around two seconds to complete an emergency stop in good weather, but it can take at least four seconds, and twice the distance, in poor conditions.”

Motorists are advised to reduce their speed, increase following distances, drive with headlights on, and be aware of their environment.

The windscreen ice scrapers are available for free from Upper Hutt City Council reception while stocks last, as well as from local service stations. For more information on road safety, download a copy of the winter road safety brochure from www.upperhuttcity.com/roadsafety

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education, Marketing, Taxes: Health Groups Call For Actions For Sugary Drinks

The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations. The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks consumption. More>>

ALSO:

More Departures? David Shearer Proposed For UN Peacekeeping Role

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Security Agencies' Reports: GCSB Wants To Give ISPs More Power To Block Threats

The Government Communications Security Bureau wants to give internet service providers more information and power to block cyber threats which are increasing, its director told the intelligence and security select committee yesterday.. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news