Road Safety Calendar Winners Announced

 Twelve children from Ashburton will have their colourful artwork featured in a 2015 Road Safety Calendar highlighting the dangers of speeding.

The annual road safety calendar competition invites children from the Ashburton District to submit designs featuring important road safety messages. This year all the entries were displayed at the Ashburton Public Library where the public could vote for their favourite designs.

The 12 winners were announced on August 28 at the Ashburton District Council by the district's Mayor Angus McKay.

For Chyler Farnell (11) and Amelia Harris (9) the annual competition is something they look forward to each year. Both girls' artwork will be in the 2015 calendar - a second time for Amelia, and the fourth time Chyler has been involved in the competition.

About 500 copies of the calendar are printed and distributed free in the community as part of the Ashburton District Council's road safety initiatives.

Council's projects officer Aileen Campbell says the calendars have been running for about six years with this year's focus on the need for drivers to slow down.

"It's important that children know to look for drivers, to make eye contact with them, to be sure drivers are going to slow down and stop, before they step onto the road to cross even at a pedestrian crossing."

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