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

 

Rongotea crossing monitored for safety

Rongotea crossing monitored for safety


Parents and helpers from Rongotea School will take on the role of crossing monitors over the coming weeks as part of a campaign to educate children and remind drivers of the need to take care.

The initiative follows recent incidents of motorists not exercising caution or stopping to let pedestrians cross at the Thames Street crossing. The crossing is used regularly by Rongotea students in the mornings and after school.

Horizons Regional Council road safety coordinator for Palmerston North and Manawatu Desley Monks says she got in touch with Rongotea School about the crossing after reading an article in the paper.

“Thames Street leads straight out to State Highway 1 so it serves a lot of through traffic. However, it is a 50km/hr area and people do need to slow down.

“In this case, a lady had stopped at the crossing to let a child cross but the driver coming the other way did not. The driver who had stopped was deeply concerned for children’s safety.

“Upon contacting Rongotea School I learned the crossing was a major concern for them as well as, despite not being directly outside the School, it is used by a lot of their students at peak times,” she says.

Between October 13 and 24, Horizons will be working with the School and Feilding Police to monitor the crossing and traffic that passes through, educate children about the steps they need to take to stay safe when they cross, raise awareness of the crossing’s location and promote the fact that drivers need to slow down and be ready to stop for any pedestrians stepping onto or already on a pedestrian crossing.

Mrs Monks hopes this campaign will encourage drivers to be more vigilant and says it may become an annual initiative.

ENDS

© 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