Waitaki Herald : February 4th 2015
Wednesday February 4, 2015 HERALD WAITAKI By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org s pupils head back to the classroom this week, Oamaru police are crack- ing down on driver behaviour around schools. The road policing campaign, to be conducted around the southern police district, will target excessive speed around schools and school bus routes, and will be in place for the next four to six weeks. The campaign started on Monday. Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy, of Oamaru, said drivers needed to be vigilant and drive safely around schools, especially at peak times between 7.30am and 9am, and 2.30 till 4pm and will be penalised if they’re at fault. ‘‘We will be out in force around the schools and enforcing the road rules ... and making sure kids are getting to and from school safely,’’ McCoy said. Drivers speeding while buses are loading and offloading children, both in town and in rural areas, is a key focus for police around Waitaki, according to McCoy. He said police will be strictly enforcing the 20km/h speed limit that applies for vehicles passing a stationary school bus picking up or letting pupils off a bus. Police will also be using speed cameras and laser to enforce speed limits in school zones, which are within 250 metres of school boundaries. Drivers travelling in excess of the posted speed limit may be issued with an infringement notice. Southern district acting road policing manager Senior Sergeant Steve Larking said drivers also needed to be wary of other potentially dangerous driving practices. ‘‘Parents need to be mindful of not double parking or parking on yellow lines when dropping students off and give themselves DINE IN STYLE Casa Domani Dinnerware Casa Domani Dinnerware $4999 SAVE $30 EXCLUSIVE set Casa Domani Tudor 17 Piece Hanging Stainless Steel Cutlery Set Dishwasher safe. Gift boxed. 241434 Available from Wednesday February 4th till Tuesday 10th February 2015. While stocks last. OAMARU plenty of time to get children to school safely. ‘‘Younger children tend to think about one thing at a time and not be so aware of other things happening around them, and can have difficulty judging the speed of moving vehicles. ‘‘Many will also be learning to deal with a new and unfamiliar environment they are starting at Casa Domani Macchiato 16 Piece Bone China Dinner Sets Dishwasher safe. Assorted colours. Gift boxe 241596 a new school.’’ According to police statistics, in the southern district over the past five years (2010-2014) there were 496 crashes within 250 metres of school zones between February and December between the hours of 7.30am and 9am, and 2.30pm and 4pm. In total, 58 crashes involved children and young people aged $9999 SAVE $100 EXCLUSIVE set Cnr Cross & Severn Streets Cnr Cross & Severn Streets, Oamaru , Oamaru Phone 03 434 9860 Phone 03 434 9860 ALL FIRED UP Page 7 Police in clampdown on bad school driving A Crackdown: Oamaru police will be out and about targeting excessive speed around schools and on rural bus routes as part of a campaign to start the school year. Oamaru Community Constable BruceDowwith the speed signs people need to heed to keep children safe. Photo: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD from one to 18 years and all were injury crashes. Twelve of those involved pedestrians and another 12 involved cyclists. Nine drivers at fault or partly at fault in injury crashes held learner licences, while 20 held a restricted licence. Three of the injury crashes involved drivers who were under the influence of alcohol.
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