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The Star: March 23, 2017

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4 Thursday March 23 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi News Traffic signal time review •From page 1 “We’re considering how these phase times change driver behaviour and how that will effect driver decisions.” Mr Cooney said there was “definitely” a correlation between crashes and red lightrunners. At the city’s worst 13 intersections on a single day last year, 6580 vehicles ran red lights. That was an increase from 2014 with 3974 and 2015 on 4960. CTOC figures for 2016 showed the worst for red light-runners was the intersection of Blenheim Rd and Mandeville St, where 652 were detected on a day. There were 65 injury crashes after drivers ran red lights, up from 42 in 2015, according to police data. If the changes were made, they could speed up travel times, as drivers wouldn’t need to wait for red light-runners to move, Mr Cooney said. In comparison, Auckland’s average amber phase time on roads with a speed limit lower than 70km/h was 4.5sec, while in Dunedin it was 4sec for a 50km/h speed limit. Mr Cooney said a trial to SNAPPED: A car running an orange light on Greers Rd at the intersection with Wairakei Rd. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN test the effects of any ideas or changes would need to be done, but it was not known how or when that would happen. Road policing manager Inspector Al Stewart said “nine times out of 10 you might get away with it, but that one time you don’t, you’re going to get seriously injured or seriously injure someone else.” Via Strada senior traffic engineer and transport planner Glen Koorey said altering the all red phase and amber signals was often used to stop red lightrunning. But the risk was once drivers got used to the new timing, they may figure out new ways of getting around it, he said. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Would changes to traffic signals help curb the red light-running problem? Email bridget.rutherford@ starmedia.kiwi Young criminals • By Andrew King THE NUMBER of youth committing aggravated robberies in the city is on the rise, with a criminologist saying it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or killed. Police say there has been a small increase in the number of youth committing crime, but the bigger concern was the severity of the crimes being committed like aggravated robbery. “Weapons are being used by youth during robberies. Sometimes even firearms during robberies, which is a huge concern to us, as the risk of someone getting hurt is very high,” Senior Sergeant Phil Newton said. Police data shows, in 2015, there were 22 aggravated robberies committed by offenders between the ages of 10-19, with 29 in 2016 and four in January. Canterbury University criminologist Greg Newbold said it was only a matter of time before shopkeepers took matters into their own hands, including the Greg Newbold Lane Todd The Star use of weapons. Canterbury metro commander Superintendent Lane Todd strongly advised retailers not to take the law into their own hands. “The risk [of injury] gets heightened quite quickly when people fight back and that is the last thing we want,” he said. He said police advise anyone confronted by an armed offender to fully comply and then phone 111. “While we have had a recent spike in armed robberies we have had quite a high success rate of apprehending these offenders and dealing with them through the courts,” he said. Senior Sergeant Newton said there is often little reward for the robbers. He said the maximum penalty for aggravated robbery is 14 years in prison and police were “amazed at the huge risks taken for so little reward.” “It is very rare that offenders get away with more than $1000; it is more like a couple of hundred,” he said.

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