Kapiti Observer : May 16th 2011
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SATURDAY, MAY 21 LIFESTYLE FARMERS FIELD DAY, 9am till 4pm, Otaki Racecourse, $5, children free, 021 224 2184. CAR BOOT SALE, 9am till 11.30am, Otaki Presbyterian Church, Mill Rd, Otaki, 06 364 7263. PLANTING, 9.30am till noon, follow signs from Ranger's office, Queen Elizabeth Park, bring spade and gloves, 292 8625. MARKET, 10am till 2pm, Ohau Hall, Mauhunoa East Rd, Ohau, 368 6986. SUNDAY, MAY 22 SUNDAY WALKERS, Panatewaewae, North Manakau Rd, meet 8.30am, south side of Kapiti Coast District Council offices, Rimu Rd, Paraparaumu, 293 2567. RADIO CONTROLLED BOATING, 11am till 4pm, Greater Marine Model Club, Southward Museum Pond, Otaihanga Rd, free, 905 1575. 'NOT SO ORDINARY' LADIES HIGH TEA, 2pm till 5pm, Te Horo Community Hall, School Rd, $25, 06 364 3071. FRIDAY, MAY 27 KAPITI FILM GROUP, Capitalism -- A Love Story, 7.15pm, 6 Michael Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, 904 2391. Monkeying around: Eleven- year-old Rosie Graham tests out Kapiti Primary School's new playground. The $100,000 playground officially opened on Thursday with swarms of chil- dren testing out ladders, climb- ing rungs and the spider tower, and giving it the thumbs-up. It's a far cry from the traditional slide, seesaw and swings. Prin- cipal Graham Conner said studies had shown New Zea- land children, while strong in their legs -- which was good for sports like rugby -- were weak in upper body strength. The new playground had a strong focus on upper body strength. It also has springy ground with holes to drain water after rain. The previous playground, which lasted 20 years, was ''out of vogue PC-wise'' and needed jazzing up, said Mr Conner. Study to review drink limit By JIM CHIPP A United Nations global road safety project was launched at Parliament on Wednesday but government policy conflicts with one of its key measures. The Decade of Road Safety programme, fronted by former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh, specifies a maximum blood alcohol limit for drivers of 0.05 grams per decilitre as one of its key indicators. New Zealand s limit is 0.08 and in July last year the Gov- ernment declined to lower it after hospitality industry lobbying. Transport Minister Steven Joyce said the Government needed to understand it was having the impact needed for New Zealand. In order to do that we have to have the actual evidence of drivers between 0.05 and 0.08, currently. And up until the legislation was passed last week, we have had no legal ability to collect that information. Now we do and police will be working on ensuring that when people have accidents they can measure their blood alcohol and record whether they are between .05 and .08, which they haven t been able to do previously. And that, over a two-year period, will give us a strong understanding of what those drivers do to contribute to the road toll. The Government will then review the blood alcohol limit for driving, he said. Launching the programme, Mr Joyce said the Govern- ment s Roads of National Sig- nificance would all be built to a four-star KiwiRAP (New Zealand Road Assessment Programme) rating, meaning they will have adequate hori- zontal alignment, negligible road-side hazards, a minimum shoulder width of 1.7 metres, and be multi-lane and median-separated. Although New Zealand s record of 375 road deaths last year is not among the worst, per capita it compares badly with Australia and Britain. At Australia s road death rate there would have been 297 deaths, and at Britain s just 166, he said. The World Health Organis- ation estimates the annual daily global road death toll to be 3500, or 1.3 million per year, with 90 per cent of fatal accidents happening in devel- oped countries. The economic cost of road accidents is US$100 billion a year. Automobile Association chief executive Brian Gibbons said more can and must be done to reduce the carnage. The association has implemented a $1 million research fund, which has so far commissioned two studies. The first will look at driver perceptions of risk and whether low-cost changes to road markings or signs can alter that perception. The second, in conjunction with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, will study fuel-efficient driv- ing techniques. The fuel-efficient driver is also a safe driver, he said. Road rules toughened Legislation passed on May 5 gives police the power to record alcohol levels of drivers who only just pass at breath tests after accidents. Police will be able to record alcohol readings for research purposes from all drivers involved in fatal or serious injury crashes who have a blood alcohol level between 50 milligrams and 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The limit for drivers under 20 will be 30mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, and from next year repeat drink drivers will have a zero limit for three years after they regain their licences. Judges will be able to order repeat or serious drink-drive offenders to have alcohol interlocks fitted to their cars. Radar jammers will be banned. On August 1, the mini- mum driving age will rise to 16.The maximum sentence for dangerous driving caus- ing death will double from five years to 10 years jail. Transport Minister Steven Joyce said the emphasis will shift away from fines to demerit points for traffic offences, because there is a lack of respect for fines within some groups. Particularly for some, high-risk drivers... as we ve seen with illegal street racers, the potential loss of a car seems to have a far greater modifying effect than them getting another traffic fine. [Some drivers] like to collect their fines and take them off to a judge and say Look, I ll never pay these fines, give me com- munity service , he said. If we can get them into a position where the two things they covet -- their licences and their vehicles -- are at risk then we ll improve the behaviour of a particular group of high-risk drivers. Five-lane do-up Work starts on the upgrade of the Kapiti Rd and Rimu Rd intersection from May 23. The project was intended to begin in March but launches this month with a completion date set for the end of August. It will include the installation of traffic lights and see a section of Kapiti Rd increased to five lanes. Commuters are warned to expect delays during construction of the $1.5 million Kapiti Coast Dis- trict Council project.
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