Dangerous driving generally, and “red light runners” in particular, are causing concern on the Coast this month, especially near schools.
Fire and ambulance crews have attended a number of crashes in recent weeks and Silverdale Fire Station’s senior station officer, Jim Maclean, urged drivers to pay more attention.
“In these stressful times, it is good to be aware of the need for good driving awareness. A green light does not mean you won’t find either a red light runner or an emergency vehicle coming through the traffic at you!” he said. “Stay alert and we will all get home safely.”
His concerns were echoed by Silverdale School, where red light running is a major concern at the busy Bankside Road four-way intersection with Millwater Parkway.
“Auckland Transport Traffic Operation team has been out to check the intersection and observed a number of vehicles speeding and also a significant number running the red lights. These are not only tradespeople but also parents with children in their cars,” the school’s latest newsletter says.
“Before and after school is a busy time with children and parents using the lights to cross the road, we do not want an accident to occur because you run the red light. Please reduce your speed and look out for children.”
Drivers are also reminded to stop on yellow lights outside schools. Failing to do this could result in a $150 fine and 20 demerit points.