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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
How well does your car fit you?
Friday, 21 September 2012
10am -- 12.30pm
Rolleston Community Centre
CarFit is a free community event organised for the mature driver.
For more information or to register for CarFit, contact Ngaire Tinning Road Safety Co-ordinator
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The Selwyn District Council is in the
process of negotiating the terms and
conditions of the ratepayers $5
million loan to the private company
The loan is still subject to the
company satisfying several criteria
identified during the public
Can the mayor indicate what these
criteria are for ratepayers, as they
have been actioned through the
public submission process of the
On July 4 the mayor was quoted in
the Central Canterbury News as
follows: there were commercial
considerations around the terms of
the loan and the criteria would not
be revealed .
The Central Canterbury News on
the May 9 quoted the general
manager of CPW Ltd as follows: if
the company had to look to private
investors they could demand a
higher return than the council .
Can the mayor assure ratepayers
that the loan will be established in
the best commercial interests of the
Response from council:
The Selwyn District Council will
consider a staff report at an
extraordinary meeting today to
decide whether to approve the CPW
Ltd loan or not, and if approved, to
discuss the terms and conditions.
This meeting will be public excluded
to enable the council to consider
options sensitive to negotiations. The
council will make public its decision
as soon as it has been taken.
Corporate services manager
Distractions on road in council's spotlight
By ANNA PRICE
NO-NO: Billboards remind drivers in Selwyn district to keep their eyes on the road.
MOTORISTS MIGHT blush if
they knew what truckers can see
from their high cabs -- or what
SUV drivers observe, a Selwyn
driver distraction survey hints.
Truck drivers surveyed alluded
to some fascinating sights, but
declined to elaborate.
The district council survey is
the first of its kind in Selwyn.
By Monday s deadline, more
than 400 people had listed their
biggest distractions on the road.
Road safety co-ordinator Ngaire
Tinning is delighted with the
It s been really amazing. I was
aiming for 250 [responses] and
thought that would show a good
cross section of opinion. The result
is absolutely amazing. I m so
Responses had come from men
and women across all age groups.
The results are going to be
really beneficial in gaining a
sound balance of opinions, Mrs
Receiving this many responses
to the survey indicates strong
community interest in road safety
issues, and that is extremely posi-
tive from a road safety co-
ordinator s view.
A wider campaign will run over
the next three years to get an idea
of what distracts motorists, and
how they rate particular
Driver distraction was causing
death and serious injury on the
country s roads, Mrs Tinning said.
There weren t any penalties for
being honest -- it just helps us
understand what the issues are.
Few seemed to know the penal-
ties for talking or texting on
mobiles while driving.
Motorists reported seeing oth-
ers multi-tasking with mobiles,
and some believed hands-free
phones were also a risk.
Driving while tired was
acknowledged by many as high
risk, as was eating behind the
All entries go in the draw for a
$100 MTA voucher.
Many believed travelling on
long straights over the plains and
soaring commuter traffic to and
from Christchurch contributed to
Surprisingly, there was little
mention of sun strike or car lights
-- an 18 per cent contributing fac-
tor to crashes from 2007 to 2011.
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