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Intersection crashes continue to be of high concern in the Selwyn District.
These crashes make up over 40% of all local road crashes.
The majority of these crashes involve two or more vehicles and occurred on rural roads where the speed that vehicles are travelling is generally higher.
The most common crash factors were poor observation and lack of judgement. Other contributing causes also involved alcohol, speed and distraction.
When drivers develop a habit of failing to stop at intersections controlled by a stop sign this basically puts all other road users at risk. Because of the serious outcome when these collisions occur, Council and Police work together on local campaigns to reduce the incidence of these crashes. With a $150 fine and 20 demerits points and the risk of causing a crash, it is difficult to understand why so many drivers don’t take the time to come to a complete stop.