Reducing roundabout confusion


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8 June 2007

Roundabouts in Hamilton will be patrolled by Police from this week as the next stage of the INDIK8 campaign that began in February. After months of promotion prompting drivers to INDIK8 at roundabouts this stage seeks to ensure drivers are indicating at roundabouts.

Council will place mobile electronic signs at roundabouts this month to help drive home the message

Hamilton Road Policing Manager Inspector Leo Tooman says patrols would target Hamilton roundabouts from time-to-time this month and stop drivers who didn’t indicate.

“Drivers need to know if they don’t indicate, they increase the risk of a crash occurring and they face the risk of getting a fine for failing to indicate at a roundabout.”

Corflute signs prompting drivers to INDIK8 at roundabouts went up all over Hamilton in February and March. Petrol stations around the city promoted an INDIK8 road safety competition to win $100 petrol vouchers.

Council’s road safety coordinator Jacqueline Beaton says major road safety issues for Hamilton include poor observation, failure to give way, and driving too fast for the conditions.

“The cost of crashes is high. It is estimated that the social cost for New Zealanders injured on local roads in Hamilton in 2006 was $59m compared to $71m in 2005 and $48m in 2004.

“Crashes resulting in injury can occur at any time. However, crash statistics show that drivers are most likely to crash between 3pm and 6pm. More crashes occur on a Thursday than any other day of the week. Correctly indicating at roundabouts will go along way to reduce the impact and cost of avoidable road crashes and resulting injuries."

The enforcement initiative is part of the multi-agency INDIK8 campaign, which includes input from all the agencies with a stake in road safety – Hamilton City Council, Transit New Zealand, the Police, Environment Waikato, Accident Compensation Corporation, Land Transport New Zealand and Population Health Service of the Waikato District Health Board.

Name: Jacqueline Beaton
Designation:  Road Safety Coordinator
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6758
Mobile: 021 471 928
Name: Curt Christiansen
Designation: Communication Executive
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6803
Mobile: 021 775 651
Fax (Direct): 07 838 6761
Page reviewed: 08 Jun 2007 12:00am