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Selwyn Times: June 27, 2017

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4 Tuesday June 27 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi News SELWYN TIMES Recognition for student •From page 1 She is now the first tennis player at the college based in South Carolina to win the national award and was voted on by all members in the organisation. CoSida recognises the America’s top student athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Williamson said the award was a perfect way to finish her college career after working hard to overcome surgery she needed for a meniscus tear in her knee and glandular fever earlier this year. She plays for the Newberry College women’s tennis team, known as the Newberry Wolves and graduated last month from her undergraduate degree in biology with a concentration in environmental studies. Williamson was first awarded an athletic scholarship to the US based on her tennis results as a junior player in New Zealand and it was renewed each year based on her athletic performance. She has been in the US for three years, starting out at division one school Winthrop University before transferring to STRONG TEAM: Elizabeth Williamson (third from left) with women’s tennis team the Newberry Wolves. Newberry College. There are no plans to return home to Lincoln for now. “I loved growing up in the country – it has definitely shaped the person I am today. Although Lincoln seems to be doubling in size every time I visit home,” she said. She said it was hard not miss home when New Zealand is the best country in the world but for now she is continuing to enjoy her overseas experience. Proud father Lindsay Williamson said it shows if you set a goal you can achieve. INJURED: A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after falling in freshly poured concrete on Monday. PHOTO: ANDREW KING Man seriously hurt after falling in fresh concrete • By Andrew King A MAN suffered serious injuries after falling in freshly poured concrete in Prebbleton yesterday. Police initially were told the 46-year-old man has sustained acid burns, but it was discovered that he had fallen in concrete at Cathcart Pl. The man was pouring concrete at the property when the incident happened at about 11am. A St John spokesman said the man was taken to hospital with moderate injuries but those have now been upgraded to serious. Two ambulances, firefighters and police were called to the scene. Worksafe has been notified of the incident. “We are currently making initial inquiries,” a spokesman said. How concrete can burn: When cement is dry it contains calcium oxide, which is not particularly dangerous. However, when water is added to cement, calcium hydroxide is formed, which is extremely alkaline with a pH of 12 to 13. Normal human skin has a pH of 5.5; therefore, wet cement can produce alkaline (caustic) skin burns which progress and get worse without more exposure. A worker may have wet concrete on his or her skin for hours without feeling any discomfort; however, the cement is damaging the skin microscopically. Early identification of changes to the skin is important so steps can be taken to treat the affected area. Saturday 8 – Saturday 22 July 2017 Tickets on sale NOW!

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday June 27 2017 5 Over-60s feature in district road fatalities •From page 1 “New Zealanders in particular have this belief it is their godgiven right to drive a car and to give that up is really difficult,” she said. The district council’s latest road safety plan for the next 12 months also covers intersections, drink driving, speed, motorcycles, driver distraction/fatigue and young drivers. It is part of a national road safety strategy spanning from 2010 to 2020 called Safer Journeys. The strategy aims to have a safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury. It focuses on having safe roadsides, speeds, vehicles and road use. The plan has identified mature drivers as a high concern for Selwyn on its risk register. Age Concern Canterbury projects co-ordinator Yvonne Palmer, who runs the organisation’s staying safe confident driving course, said she receives a lot of feedback from her participants they did not understand the road rules. Mrs Palmer said there is a life after a car with taxis, shuttle services, families, mobility scooters and options such as groceries being delivered to home. CONCERN: Many mature road users are unaware the road code has changed. “I am shocked at some of the attitude . . . sometimes the older they are the more stroppy they are. People think it is the young ones who are fast drivers, the older drivers want to hold their place,” she said. Senior Sergeant Larsen said many people have been driving for about 50 years and are unaware the road code has changed. The statistics also showed 1283 Causes of crashes in the Selwyn District between 2012-2016: •Alcohol: 156 crashes resulting in eight deaths and 40 people seriously injured. •Intersections: 520 crashes resulting in 12 deaths and 84 people seriously injured. •Motor-cycles: 47 injury motor-cycle crashes resulting in five deaths and 27 serious injuries. crashes were recorded from 2012 to 2016 resulting in 43 deaths and 177 road users seriously injured. The three most common crash factors was poor handling (33 per cent), poor observation (35 per cent), and people failing to give away/stop (29 per cent). Highest causes of road crashes was intersections with 520 crashes recorded resulting in 12 deaths and 84 people seriously injured. Mrs Palmer said the district council has made some positive changes such as lowering the speed on rural roads in Canterbury. In 2015 the district council lowered the speed limits from 100km/h to 80km/h on many of the roads in the Prebbleton area. •Driver distraction/fatigue: 72 crashes resulting in three deaths and 20 serious injuries. •Safe speeds – loss of control: 78 injury crashes resulted in 12 deaths and 32 serious injuries. •Mature road users (more than 60-years-old): 139 injury crashes resulting in 19 deaths and 56 serious injuries. Speed limits were also reduced in Rolleston, Darfield, Doyleston, Hororata, Leeston, Lincoln, Prebbleton, Springston, Tai Tapu and West Melton. The district council-owned roads are currently under a speed review. Speed and alcohol was also a common factor for crashes at 15 per cent and 16 per cent respectively. Twenty nine per cent of drivers to cause injury crashes were under 25 while 19 per cent were over 60. The new plan highlights a number of measures organisations including police, the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Ministry of Transport will carry out to reduce road crashes. relationship property, employment law and resolving contractual and estate disputes. Make your GP team your first call 24/7 Even after-hours a nurse is available to give free health advice Phone your usual General Practice number 24/7 12 9 3 6 12 9 3 6