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The Star: January 05, 2017

The Star: January 05,

SHIFTING POPULATION BEAUTIFUL BANANAS RED-HOT REPUTATION Christchurch’s shift to the west Tasty recipe to make use of summer’s forgotten fruit P7 P13 P15 Thursday, January 5, 2017 Take in the splendour of Abu Dhabi Be in to win a $100 prize pack GARDENING - P19 Zara makes a splash Rise in number of motorists running red lights In spite of a few drizzly patches so far this summer, let’s hope we can all continue to have fun in the sun just like Zara Harrison, 4, of Halswell, as she tip-toes through the water feature at the Margaret Mahy Family Playground. The rest of January is looking like a bit of a mixed-bag weather-wise, but there will still be a few cracking hot days, according to the MetService. ` PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN • By Gabrielle Stuart CHRISTCHURCH’S growing red light-running problem is leaving dozens of injuries in its wake. In the past year, there were 65 crashes which left people injured after drivers ran red lights, up from 42 the year before. At the city’s top 10 worst intersections this month, almost 5400 drivers ran red lights in a single day. That was up 31 per cent from last year, and 64 per cent more than in 2014. They do not include people turning right across an intersection on a red light. The worst for red light-runners was the intersection of Blenheim Rd and Mandeville St, where 652 were detected on a single day on Thursday, December 1. Police figures have also grown. In the last year, 1491 people were ticketed for running red lights in Christchurch, up from 1316 the year before and 1266 in 2014. Canterbury road policing manager Inspector Al Stewart (left) said he was disappointed to see the rise. “It puts people at risk. They may get away with it 99 out of 100 times, but it is that one time which could leave someone injured or killed,” he said. He said police had a focus last year on bad driving at intersections, which included red light-running, and that would continue until the numbers improved. People often had different excuses when ticketed for running red lights, but there was no acceptable reason, he said. “A lot of people are simply focused on other things and don’t see it, but that is just as unacceptable as running a light deliberately, because when driving you should be focused on the task at hand,” he said. •Turn to page 4