Check, and check again at intersections

5/04/2017 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Ashburton District Council is urging motorists to check, and check again before entering an intersection in a bid to help protect the community from deadly motor vehicle crashes.

Almost half (43 per cent) of all crashes in Ashburton District occur at intersections, with reports showing 114 of these accidents between 2012 and 2016 resulted in injury and a further nine were fatal. 

“Many crashes in other areas of New Zealand occur at urban intersections, but most car crashes at intersections in our district are on rural roads where higher speed limits apply. This can be deadly for motorists as speed often dramatically affects the outcome,” Council Road Safety Coordinator Jeremy Lambert says.

“For everyone’s sake, when you come to an intersection, please check, and check again. That means properly slowing down or stopping completely, then taking the extra time to look both ways. It could save your life,” he adds.

Ashburton District Council is working together with Selwyn, Timaru and Waimakariri councils to get the message heard, in hopes of encouraging positive driving habits throughout Canterbury. 

Ashburton motorists are being invited to test their knowledge of intersection road rules to go in the draw to win a $250 Motor Trade Association (MTA) gift voucher and weekly $50 MTA voucher draws.

Entry forms for the competition are available at locations around the district, including the Council Administration Building, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton. For a full list of locations, visit the Council website.



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