8 Wednesday March 28 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Your Local Views ‘Take care at intersections’ Selwyn MP Amy Adams writes about the district council’s new road safety campaign reminding motorists to take care at intersections Amy Adams Selwyn MP I SEE that the district council has recently launched a road safety campaign reminding Selwyn motorists of the need to take care at intersections. While I hope that this campaign will help focus people’s attention on the unacceptably high rate of crashes at intersections in our regions, I think we need to do more. Sixty one per cent of intersection crashes in Selwyn are caused by a failure to stop or give way. Often drivers do not realise they are approaching an intersection until far too late. One effective method of alerting drivers early that an intersection is coming up is using warning signs. Back in 2016, I was present at the launch of the trial of advanced warning signs at four Selwyn intersections. These active warning signs were developed by Sergeant Dan Harker and work by flashing when a car is approaching an upcoming stop sign. The signs function by using solar-powered flashing LED lights and vehicle detection sensors. The trial of these signs was due to run until October last year and if you drive around Selwyn you will likely have noticed them at the following four intersections – Maddisons and Weedons Ross Rds, West Melton and Hoskyns Rds, Hamptons and Shands Rds and Hoskyns and Sandy Knolls Rds. I would like to see additional signs like this at other hazardous intersections around Selwyn. The district council has stated that it has provided a report to the New Zealand Transport Agency on the results of the trial and it has indicated that it is considering trialling the signs at other sites around the country to further evaluate them. On another note, I am pleased to see that the latest quarterly figures from Infometrics showed that Selwyn’s economy continued to strengthen during the latter part of last year. According to the figures, Selwyn’s gross domestic product grew by 3.9 per cent in the December 2017 year, which is well above the national average of 2.8 per cent. Retail spending in our district also grew by a healthy 13 per cent during the same period, once again significantly outperforming the national average of 4.3 per cent. Spending by visitors to Selwyn also grew by 14 per cent during last year, with tourism expenditure in the district totalling about $102 million during the year. PLANS: An extension to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre is proposed to cater for the district’s growing population as part of the draft Long Term Plan. 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