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

 

Kids draw attention to dangerous intersections

12 October 2004

Kids draw attention to dangerous intersections

Kids are literally taking their safety issues to the streets at four signalised intersections with a history of close calls and incidents between vehicles and pedestrians.

Council Transport Planner Mike Thomson says the four-week campaign, which started at Shirley Intermediate last week, aims to alert drivers at intersections with the highest reported near misses to watch out for children before and after school.

>From 8.30am tomorrow, 13 October, pupils from Spreydon School will continue the campaign by standing at each corner of the Lincoln-Halswell-Hoon Hay-Curletts roads intersection in brightly coloured tee-shirts emblazoned with the message "I walk here".

Their numbers aim to draw attention to their rights as pedestrians as they join other classmates crossing on pedestrian signals and carrying placards that read: "We're walking here,". On each approach to the intersection, drivers will also be warned that something is happening at the intersection with signage "Kids walking here".

Mr Thomson says that four intersections identified by Council as having the most reported near-misses or incidents between vehicles and pedestrians are: * Marshland-North Parade-Shirley-New Brighton roads; * Lincoln-Halswell-Hoon Hay-Curletts roads; * Greers-Wairakei roads, and * Pages-Breezes roads.

The most commonly reported problem by schools and residents living near these intersections was vehicles turning at the lights without giving way to pedestrians or vehicles chasing amber lights, Mr Thomson says.

"Children crossing at the lights often step out as soon as the pedestrian signal turns green, without first checking that traffic has stopped. This exercise aims to just remind drivers to just be aware of children's presence. Kids don't judge distance very well so it's best for drivers to be on alert for them," Mr Thomson says.

The campaign will be repeated by Wairakei School, at 8.30am on Wednesday 20 October at the intersection of Greers and Wairakei roads, and Aranui Primary School at 2.30pm, on Wednesday, 27 October, at the intersection of Pages and Breezes roads.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Declaring Premature Victory


Sure enough, Saturday’s Vaxathon was a barrel of fun and a throwback not merely to the Telethons of the past. It also revived memories of those distant days of early 2020, when we were all carefully wiping down our groceries, not touching our faces, washing our hands for 20 seconds and responding to level four lockdowns by putting teddy bears in the window for the benefit of the little kids walking by in their family bubbles. Those were the days, when the Team of Five Million felt like a real, organic thing... More>>

RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces Cabinet decision on Covid-19 alert levels


Northland will move to level 2 at 11.59pm on 19 October. Waikato will be held at level 3, to be reviewed on Friday. Auckland will remain in level 3 with current restrictions for another two weeks... More>>

ALSO:




 
 


Government: Red Tape Cut To Boost Housing Supply
First home buyers are set to benefit from changes to planning rules being advanced by the Government and the National Party that will enable more medium density housing and cut red tape that acts as a barrier to development... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Inflation highest in over a decade
The consumers price index rose 2.2 percent in the September 2021 quarter, the biggest quarterly movement since a 2.3 percent rise in the December 2010 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Excluding quarters impacted by increases to GST rates, the September quarter movement was the highest since the June 1987 quarter... More>>

ALSO:


Government: New Zealand Increases Climate Aid Contribution

The Government is making a four-fold increase in the support it provides to countries most vulnerable to the climate emergency, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>



Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>


Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>


Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels