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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, AUGUST 28, 2013
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Stop means stop, not braking with wheels continuing to roll
By ANNA PRICE
ERRANT DRIVERS have been
stung a combined $5250 in the
first week of a police crackdown
on rolling stops in the Selwyn
Police issued 35 tickets in the
seven days to Sunday -- for failing
to stop or failing to give way.
Rolleston s Sergeant Chris
Jones said it was the same story.
They think because they ve
braked, they ve stopped.
But a police patrol sitting there
specifically watching will always
have a better idea because they
can see the wheels.
Sometimes drivers are
adamant and firmly believe in
their mind they have stopped.
The easiest way of dealing with
that problem is coming to a full
stop, look right, left and and
Check both ways you re clear
Police last week said they inten-
ded to enforce the stop means
This comes on the heels of stat-
istics that show Selwyn police
attend more fatalities than most
police work groups throughout
Thirty people have been killed
in the last five years.
Another 412 were injured.
The worst hot spot was Shands
Rd from Marsh s to Ellesmere
Junction roads, where as many as
80 prangs were recorded in the
five years to the end of 2012.
The last two fatal smashes in
Selwyn occurred at intersections
where the drivers failed to stop at
The last was on July 18 near
Prebbleton, which claimed the life
of a 22-year-old man.
POWER UP: John Webster takes a class through a PowerPoint presentation.
Spreading the net wider
By MAT KERMEEN
SELWYN SENIORNET is
expanding its reach in the area to
make it easier for seniors to learn
SeniorNet branches in Lincoln
and Leeston are set to merge to
become Selwyn SeniorNet -- with
hubs to be set up in Rolleston,
Lincoln, Darfield and Leeston.
The national organisation runs
computer and technology classes
for people over 55.
Lincoln s John Webster said the
courses appealed to people
because of their friendly, non-
SeniorNet classes usually have
about six students with one tutor
and an assistant tutor, so nobody
is left behind and everyone can
learn at their own pace.
The tutors are often people who
have recently done a course so
most people are at the same level.
Mr Webster helps run classes
but said he preferred the term
coach to tutor.
We are more there to help
people along with what they want
We always start by asking peo-
ple what they want to learn, rat-
her than tell them this is what we
SeniorNet is on the hunt to
recruit more volunteers to help
with the expansion, and is always
encouraging more people to try its
different range of courses.
SeniorNet s regional conference
was recently held in Selwyn for
the first time, which has helped
grow its presence in the district.
More than 60 people attended
from the Canterbury branches of
By ANNA PRICE
PARENTS ARE calling for extra
vigilance around Leeston School,
despite an online post about a sus-
picious vehicle that turned out to
be a false alarm.
Police tracked down the owner
and assured the school he had no
He had stopped to ask a high
school student directions.
But one parent -- who asked not
to be named -- said with the
upsurge of new arrivals in the
area after the quakes, school fam-
ilies have been asked to keep an
eye out for anyone hanging
around the primary school.
The father of one pupil has also
asked the Sensible Sentencing
Trust if any known sex offenders
had been released into their dis-
trict, because we had been led to
believe some offenders have been
relocated in the area .
I want to know if there are peo-
ple living in Leeston convicted on
assault and sex crimes, he said.
A small team of parents arrives
at school earlier, with one staying
until the last child goes in.
The parent said although he
had lived in Leeston all his life, he
would know barely 20 per cent of
the local population now.
The quakes have put a lot
more people we don t want out
Graffiti, break-ins and farm
thefts had all increased since the
post-quake influx, he said.
Some parents met with the
principal who assured them their
children were safe at school.
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