Road Safety Initiative Rolled Out This Week

Published: 13-Feb-2019

Speed, seatbelts and distraction are three areas being highlighted in a road safety initiative being rolled out this week in Waimakariri.

Image of mobile message board on roadside displaying road safety messageCanterbury Community Patrols NZ (CPNZ), an organisation that works with Police and other agencies to build safer communities, are promoting safe road use around our most vulnerable road users in the district.

As part of the programme a mobile message board displaying road safety messages will be placed outside several schools in the District over the next month encouraging people to consider their behaviour on the road.

Canterbury Police Sergeant Mel Noonan works with CPNZ to promote safety in the community.  She says CPNZ members are all volunteers and passionate about helping keep people safe.

“With children back at school it’s timely to remind drivers of some basic messages that help keep everyone safe on the road.”

Council Road Safety Co-ordinator Kathy Graham agrees.

“We are very pleased to be able to support this initiative and hope that the three messages being shared on the electronic board make people think about their behaviour on the roads.”

The three messages being displayed are:

  • Less speed, less harm
  • Seatbelts save lives
  • Drive distraction free

The four locations where the electronic boards will be placed were chosen due to their proximity to rural schools in the district where speed and driver behaviour is often raised as a concern. The four locations are:

  • Swannanoa Road on the approach to Fernside School
  • Rangiora Woodend Road near Woodend School
  • Jacksons Road on the approach to Ohoka School
  • Tram Road on the approach to Swannanoa School

For further information regarding the initiative please contact either Mel Noonan, melanie.noonan@police.govt.nz or Kathy Graham, Kathy.graham@wmk.govt.nz .