Whangarei Leader : October 21st 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER INSIDE HAVE YOUR SAY! What can we do about this issue? Red light cameras, a police blitz and/or education? Email edwh@snl. co.nz or text 027 483 0999, include your name. Keeping on Eighty-seven-year-old carver an ‘inspiration’ – P8 Go Gail: For City Safe officers Gail Lewis and Hoki Witute, keeping a lid on redlight runners is a daily battle. Fears for children Too many red light runners at busy intersection FROMTHEROADCODE By ALEXANDRA NEWLOVE CHILDREN’S lives are being put at risk by the behaviour of inner-city drivers. That’s the message from City Safe officers, who record an average of 12 motorists a day running red lights at Bank St’s busiest intersection in the first half hour after school. Officers Gail Lewis and Hoki Witute are regularly stationed at the intersection between Bank St, Cameron St and Rust Ave. They say impatient drivers and carefree school children who rush across as soon as they see ‘‘the green man’’ are a dangerous combination. Lewis once jumped in ■ A red signal means stop ■ A yellow signal means stop, unless you are so close to the intersection front of a car running a red light to prevent an intermediate-age child being hit. A member of the public witnessed the incident and commended her actions to the council. ‘‘My heart was beating. I thought I was going to get taken out,’’ Lewis says. ‘‘The car had sped up to go through, it wasn’t going to stop... being little [the girl] you can’t stop safely. The yellow signal indicates the lights will soon turn red. probably would’ve been hit as the driver wouldn’t have been able to see her.’’ Witute says drivers need to clean up their act. ‘‘I’ve been patrolling for five years and I’ve noticed it more and more,’’ he says. ‘‘A camera might work and would stop it becoming a hot spot.’’ City Safe staff relay num- ber plates of all drivers running red lights to police. SALE PAINT AND WALLPAPER AT GUTHRIE BOWRON 6345562AA ‘‘I don’t want someone to have to get killed before something is done,’’ Lewis says. She says the intersection is also intimidating for older people. In one incident, a car nudged towards an elderly man on a walking frame, trying to encourage him to cross faster, Lewis says. Road Safe Northland Whangarei co-ordinator Gillian Archer says it is up to the community to change its behaviour. ‘‘One of the things that characterises New Zealanders is being aggressive drivers,’’ she says. ‘‘If people witness a vehicle going through they can either do a *555 or go on to the police website and report a dangerous driver. ‘‘Police take multiple reports [on the same driver] very seriously.’’ Whangarei District Coun- cil says it is aware of the ‘‘problem intersection’’. Roading manager Jeff Devine says the council liaises with police on the running of red lights and reviews traffic light phasing. ‘‘However, this is primar- ily an education and enforcement issue,’’ he says. The New Zealand Trans- port Agency has recorded 17 crashes within a 30-metre radius of the intersection since the beginning of 2010. A total of five people received minor injuries in these incidents. Have you checked out the Whangarei Leader’s e-edition? It’s an electronic version of the paper, available via the internet. If for some reason your print version hasn’t been delivered, or if you are away from home on holiday or business, the e-edition is an easy way to stay in touch. It’s free of charge, visit whangareileader.co.nz and click on Latest Edition in the blue bar under the masthead. • Get 10L of GB Home Ceiling paint for just $79* • Save $40 on all 10L pails of Guthrie Bowron paint, now just $119.99 each* • Choose from a huge range of wallpapers starting from just $29 per roll^ With prices like these, it’s the perfect excuse to kick into your summer decorating projects. Come in and get quality products and expert advice at your local Guthrie Bowron. 2 Mill Road Regent Whangarei Ph: 09 438 2519 | www.guthriebowron.co.nz These offers are available until 2 November 2014. *Tinting extra. ^Selected ranges only. On a mission Money$ Worth Home comforts out the window – P15 International capitalism and KiwiSaver – P20 E-EDITION Summer Decorating Deals are starting early at Guthrie Bowron, and we’re kicking things off with a big Paint and Wallpaper Sale!
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