Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


School’s back ... AA urges extra care on the roads

5 February 2013

School’s back ... AA urges extra care on the roads

The AA is urging motorists to take extra care on the roads as wet conditions combine with schools starting their year.

“Most of the country has had a fantastic run of hot, dry weather, but the rain has come in just as traffic levels are getting back to their busiest,” says AA Motoring Affairs General Manager Mike Noon.

“There are going to be a lot more vehicles on the roads around the start and end of the school day. Mix that with wet roads and poorer visibility and drivers need to make sure they are driving to the conditions.

“The January road toll was down 48% from last year, with 18 deaths compared to 35, and we want to keep the trend going.”

The AA wants all drivers to be extra watchful for children travelling to and from school and remember that cars take a lot longer to stop in the rain.

“Young kids in particular can do unexpected things around the road and, if it’s grey and raining, it can be easy to miss seeing them.”

A lot of schools now have electronic signs that show reduced speed limits at times of the day when children will be present and drivers need to look out for and obey these.

Drivers also need to slow down around school buses when they are picking up or dropping off passengers. The legal speed limit for vehicles travelling on either side of the road past a school bus is 20kph.

Research has shown the best thing that can be done to reduce accidents around schools is to eliminate the need for children to cross the road so parents can also do a lot to help keep their children safe. Either drop them off and pick them up on the same side of the road as their school, cross the road with them or make sure they know to use the school patrol crossing.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cricket: Dramatic Win Puts Black Caps In Finals

In Parliament: When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Moon Shot/Kills Switch: The X Factor Judges Removed

MediaWorks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show. MediaWorks CEO, Mark Weldon, said that last night on The X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable. More>>

ALSO:

Tessa Nichol: Up Up & Away In The Wairarapa

It’s an overcast morning in the Wairarapa but the mood on the ground in Carterton’s Carrington Park is anything but grey. More than 20 hot air balloons are getting ready to take off into the cloudy sky to mark the start of this year’s Wairarapa Balloon Festival. More>>

Golden Shears: Scotsman Wins Golden Shears Open Final

A Scottish shearer who settled in New Zealand to farm in Taranaki has become the first shearer from overseas to win the Golden Shears Open Shearing Championship. More>>

ALSO:

Shipped On A Bottle: Young Change-Makers Take To The Sea On Plastic Bottle Kayaks

With the aim of harnessing innovative design to construct kayaks solely from recycled materials, the “waste positive” project Plastic Bottle Kayak brings adventure into Kiwi classrooms. The call is out now for classrooms to send in messages and artwork to be inserted into the bottles. More>>

TV3 Video: Auckland Arts Festival Kicks Off

The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off March 4, with artists from New Zealand and all over the world on show. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news