Western Leader : January 12th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Thursday, January 12, 2012 NEWMARKET 09 522 1283 49 Remuera Rd (Opp. Dick Smith) Free Parking HENDERSON 09 836 1731 371 GREAT NORTH ROAD (OPP. WESTFIELD MALL) OREWA 09 426 5022 Hillary Square, 12 Florence Ave (next to AA Centre) FREE EYE EXAM* *WITH GLASSES PURCHASED All glasses have one year manufacture warranty 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed Member of NZ Association of Optometrists NZ FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1978 Affordable Quality Eyecare for Everyone 4071988AA Crashes spark plea Driving concern: Brenda Sluiter has seen the aftermath of many crashes on Candia Rd and wants people to drive more safely along it. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY By NICOLA MURPHY HENDERSO N VALLEY RD VINEYARD ROAD SIMP SON ROAD POOKS ROAD STURGES ROAD CANDIA ROAD CRASH SITES KEY COULTER ROAD COULTER ROAD Based on NZTA figures, 2006-2010 ' It is about driving to the conditions of the road and the conditions of this road vary all the way along it. ' Concerned resident Brenda Sluiter BRENDA Sluiter can't remember a summer when she hasn't seen at least one crash on her road. The Candia Rd resident has lived near a bend in the winding street for 22 years and is fed up with reckless driving that she believes has caused many preventable accidents. She and other residents are often the first at the scene of any crash and it's becoming increasingly difficult to deal with, especially when it's a fatality. The most recent was when a 42-year-old man died on the Henderson Valley road in a single-car crash in November last year. I feel like I'm grieving for someone I don't even know,'' Mrs Sluiter says. Her plea for people to drive safely isn't for her benefit or that of her neighbours -- it's for the families who may lose a loved one in a crash. The speed limit on parts of Candia Rd was once 100kmh but it was reduced to 70kmh in 2006. Henderson High School assistant principal Suzanne Kirby died on the road in February 2009 after her car flipped. After that further changes were made, includ- ing guardrails, more road markings, speed advisory signs and skid resistant sur- facing. An Auckland Transport spokesperson says two elec- tronic speed advisory signs were installed on Candia Rd last month. One was put up near the Sturges Rd intersec- tion and the other is at the bottom of Candia Rd facing traffic travelling north. NZ Transport Agency stat- istics based on police reports show there were 70 crashes on the road between 2006 and 2010, including one fatality and eight serious crashes. The others were minor or did not involve injuries. But Mrs Sluiter says more crashes went unreported. She says drivers need to remember the speed limit is not a target. It is about driving to the conditions of the road and the conditions of this road vary all the way along it.'' She arrived at the scene of a crash involving three young men in November last year. They got out of the car and proceeded to tell me what a good driver their friend was. As an educator I can't help but see so much potential and these kids just don't get it.'' But it's not only teenage drivers who are failing to get the message. People need to step up and take responsibility for their youth until they are mature enough to do so for them- selves,'' Mrs Sluiter says. Senior sergeant Rob Cochrane says police stat- istics show 13 percent of all crashes on Candia Rd are serious and it is considered a high risk road. More care is required driv- ing on this stretch because it is a semi-rural road that is winding. People need to drive their vehicles according to the road conditions and type,'' he says. The majority of crashes have occurred on light bends with 57 percent occurring in the wet.'' He says speed is often a factor and he encourages drivers to slow down -- no matter how many times they have driven the road.
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