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


Trial of new road markers to warn Otago drivers of ice

28 August 2013

Trial of new road markers to warn Otago drivers of ice

Otago motorists are being warned to look out for flashing blue road markers, particularly over the next few days.

A trial of hi-tech ice-detecting road markers has being launched on certain sections of State Highways 1 and 8 in Otago as well as in parts of Dunedin, Queenstown and between Alexandra and Ranfurly.

They are being installed in locations where there has been a history of crashes caused by icy conditions and with the temperature forecast to drop to freezing in many places from tonight, they may well be in action.

The markers look like standard cat’s eye reflectors but will start flashing blue if the conditions are icy as a warning to people travelling on the road.

“Ice is one of the most dangerous hazards on the road and it can be impossible to see until it’s too late,” says AA Otago District Chairman Jeff Donaldson.

“By flashing blue, these markers will give people a potentially life-saving warning that there is ice ahead.

“The markers will give people time to slow right down and be prepared for the ice. If you hit an icy patch of road at normal speed it is almost certain that your vehicle will lose control and go into a dangerous skid.”

There were 520 crashes on icy roads in the Otago region from 2008-2012, leaving 22 people seriously injured and 153 with minor injuries. The highest risk time was 6-9am and most crashes involved a vehicle losing control on a bend.

“These markers are a world-leading technological development that should help prevent crashes.

“The key thing is that we need everyone who uses the roads in Otago to be aware of them so that if they see them flashing blue, they know there is ice ahead.”

The markers are called PATeye and have been developed by Christchurch firm Solar Bright.

They will be trialled in Otago for two-years and, depending on their results, could then be introduced in other parts of the country.

“When the weather is snowy or icy the AA’s best advice is to stay off the roads unless you have to drive.

“If you do have to drive over an icy road, drive to the conditions and slow right down.

“If your vehicle starts to skid on a patch of ice don’t brake hard. The best way to regain control is to take your foot off the accelerator, steer in the direction the car is sliding and lightly tap the brakes a couple of times if you have to.”

The full list of trials sites is:

State highway 1 - Northern Motorway Dunedin (Leith Saddle)

State highway 1- Waipori River Bridge

State highway 1 -Taieri River Bridge

State highway 8- Manuka Gorge

State highway 1- Narrowdale Intersection just north of Milton

Blacks Hill, between Ophir and the Ida Valley

North Road, North East Valley

Main South Road, Sunnyvale

Three Mile Hill Road

Kelvin Peninsula Road (4 Sites)

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Rivals For The Covid Saliva Testing Dollar

If you want a good insight into what the limits of tiny, barely discernible steps to reduce poverty actually look like, delve into the latest Statistics Department figures on poverty in New Zealand Most of the nine measures utilised reveal little or no progress in combatting poverty over the 21 months to March 2020... More>>


Government: Main Benefits To Increase In Line With Wages

All measures of child poverty were trending downwards, prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, across the two years since year ended June 2018, Stats NZ said today. The COVID-19 lockdown in late March 2020 affected Stats NZ’s ability to collect data from households ... More>>

Government: Reserve Bank To Take Account Of Housing In Decision Making

The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into ... More>>


RNZ: Alert Levels Remain

There are no new community cases of Covid-19 today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says at least half of the Papatoetoe High School community have been tested and the results that have come through so far have all been negative... More>>


NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

The Dig: An Illogical Ideological Struggle

Dig beneath all the trade wars and the arguments to the effect that the USA should not permit China to achieve economic and technological superiority, or even parity, and you find the real reason behind the conflict... More>>

Travel: Government Eases Visa Restrictions For Visitors In New Zealand

Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here, the Minister of Immigration has announced. More>>




InfoPages News Channels