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Honesty the best policy in survey
TESTING TIMES: Researcher Kathy McKenzie at the wheel of a vehicle simulator used to study driver distraction in Waikato.
Photo: WAIKATO TIMES
MOTORISTS WHO cannot resist
a quick touch-up of lippy or gloss
behind the wheel are urged to be
honest in the Selwyn District s
first driver distraction survey.
Road safety co-ordinator Ngaire
Tinning said driver distraction
was resulting in death and serious
injury on the country s roads.
There won t be any penalties
for being honest -- it will just help
us understand what the issues
are, Mrs Tinning said.
The survey closes on September
17 and all entries go in the draw
for a $100 MTA voucher.
The wider campaign will run
over the next three years to get an
idea about what motorists find
distracts them, and how they rate
This could include reading a
map, drinking, wolfing down a
burger, adjusting the iPad, an
unrestrained pet or attending to
Talking on cellphones is one
distraction that the Government
has started to address. But there
may well be other distractions.
We can t do anything about those
distractions until we know what
they are. So we want people to
take part in our survey to tell us,
Of the 53 road crashes in Sel-
wyn over the five years from 2007
till 2011, three were fatal.
Another 90 people were injured,
30 of them seriously.
Ninety-five non-injury accidents
From November 2009 it became
illegal to text or talk on a hand-
held cellphone while driving. The
offence carries an $80 fine and 20
The logic behind the law
change is simple, Mrs Tinning
said. Concentrating on driving
while texting or engaged in a
conversation is nearly impossible.
If the telephone call or text is that
urgent, it only takes a couple of
minutes to pull over and talk.
The survey can be completed
online through selwyn.govt.nz/
distraction. Copies of the survey
are available at council depart-
ments or the form can be mailed.
Scratch and win tickets will be
used to encourage participation.
Councillor asks for
SELWYN COUNCILLOR Sam
Broughton wants to introduce a bet-
ter communication system to alert
residents in the wake of the recent
contamination of the Darfield water
supply by E coli.
There were more than 110 gastro-
enteritis cases in the area, with the
outbreak attributed by the Canter-
bury District Health Board to the
The Malvern ward representative
advocated the use of texting, e-mail
and posters in the township to
inform the population -- as well as
letters from the council. Many resid-
ents would not have been informed
until three days after the contami-
nation was found, he said.
He was not critical of the council
staff response to the matter, but
people s health was at risk .
A council spokeswoman said it
operated a thorough communications
programme around such urgent
notices including contacting schools,
rest homes, medical centres, hospit-
als, township committees, council-
lors and community board members.
Community response teams star-
ted up phone trees and personal vis-
its to everyone in their area and
printed notices to deliver to retailers
and other main street operations.
They also notified neighbourhood
A media release on the contami-
nation went out on local and national
radio and to online media within 10
minutes of receiving notice.
The council will look at the feasi-
bility of letterbox drops.
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