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Demonstrations show less speed means less harm

March 17th, 2017
[TDC press release]

Schoolchildren will receive a vivid demonstration of why the road is not a playground - and grown-ups will be reminded to slow down - during stopping distance demonstrations throughout Tasman District in April.

Everyone is welcome to join their local school in watching the demonstrations, which show how long it takes for a car to stop when travelling at different speeds.

Tasman District Council Road Safety Co-ordinator Krista Hobday said the events were an effective way to show children how important it was not to cross the road in front of an approaching car - even if it looked a reasonable distance away.

"The demonstrations show that our 'people' (which are cardboard cut-outs) have no chance if a car is travelling at 60km an hour when the driver sees them and begins to brake. That's important for the children to realise the danger an approaching car can pose to them.

"For grown-ups, it's also a sobering way to show the damage they could do to a child if they are travelling too fast and need to stop quickly.

"At 60kmh there's just no way they can stop in time to avoid injuring or killing someone. At 40kmh, however, the car is able to stop in time - and that's why we encourage motorists to slow down, particularly around schools."

Road stopping demonstrations are run by the Nelson City and Tasman District councils, with support from Fulton Hogan and The Hits radio station.

Come along to view the road stopping demonstration in your area. The road will be closed to traffic during the demonstration. When and where in the Motueka area:

Greenhill Road, Ngatimoti - Monday 3 April, 1.45 pm - 2.55 pm
Grey Street, Motueka - Tuesday 4 April, 1.25 pm - 2.50 pm
Goddard Road, Tasman - Thursday 6 April, 9.10 am - 11.00 am
School Road, Lower Moutere - Thursday 6 April, 1.25 pm - 2.50 pm

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