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Selwyn Times: January 17, 2017

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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday January 17 2017 11 News Too many ignore seat belts • By Bridget Rutherford MORE PEOPLE are being killed on Canterbury roads because they are not wearing seat belts. Fifty-two of the people killed on Canterbury roads from 2012-2016 were not wearing seat belts – the third highest in the country. That followed 61 in Auckland, and 56 in Bay of Plenty. The numbers were released yesterday. Police will up their enforcement and focus more on educating people to wear seat belts this year as a result. It comes two weeks after Cole Troy Hull, Samuel James Drost and Lily Frances Moore, all 15, were killed when the car they were passengers in failed to take a corner on Harts Rd near Leeston. They were not wearing seat belts. The 14-year-old unlicensed driver was seriously injured, while Alex Brown, the only one wearing a seat belt, received minor injuries. Canterbury road policing manager Inspector Al Stewart said the numbers were “absolutely unacceptable.” He said the deaths of the three teenagers was a reminder seat belts reduced the risk of death by 50 per cent for front seat passengers and 75 per cent for those in the back seat. “We know the young guy who walked away from that crash walked away because he was wearing his seat belt. If that doesn’t send a message to people who are in similar situations, I’m baffled,” Inspector Stewart said. The number of people killed in Canterbury who were not wearing their seat belts had increased from eight in 2012 to 15 last year. Nine males and six females killed in Canterbury crashes last year were not wearing seat belts. In 2015, there were 11 males and four females killed, and in 2014, four males and two females were killed while not wearing seat belts. Inspector Stewart said the increase in the number of females killed when not wearing their seat belt was concerning. “It’s so simple to do, it takes a couple of seconds to make yourself a lot safer.” Cole Hull Samuel Drost Lily Moore Readers respond to Canterbury University Professor Simon Kingham’s view that population growth will make a passenger rail service between Selwyn and Christchurch vital Vicki Krom, of Lincoln – Yes, I would love to see a rail link introduced between Selwyn and Christchurch. I am currently a bus user but, at times, the delays are ridiculous because of the volume of cars on the road, whereas a rail link would always run to schedule and not be prone to hold ups of any kind. Hopefully it would encourage more people to use public transport if the service was dependable, thus reducing the volume of cars on the road, which can only be a good thing. Bring it on, I say! Lorraine and Ian Scott, of Rolleston – Yes, rail into the city from the Selwyn area is a great plan for our future. We use public transport often as it’s so easy – no parking worries and less car congestion. Specials Monday 16 January - Saturday 21 January 2017* Rump Steak fresh, sliced $ 14 . 99 kg $ 8 . 99 Rump Steak fresh, each whole $ 13 . 99 kg Beef Mince fresh, premium, topside $ 12 . 99 kg Beef Sausages fresh, Canterbury Angus $ 11 . 99 kg *While stocks last 394 Blenheim Road, Christchurch Ph: 03 349 5078 Hours: Wed - Fri 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sat 7:00 am to 5:00 pm