Rodney Times : December 2nd 2010
2 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 2, 2010 NEWS Editor Geoff Dobson Ph (09) 426 5024 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Chief Reporter Ph (09) 421 9133 email: email@example.com Senior Reporter Ph (09) 421 9130 Features Ph (09) 421 9131 Sales Manager Pauline Caley Ph (09) 426 5024 email: pauline caley@snl co nz Office & Distribution Manager Heather Ringrose Ph (09) 425 0695 email: h ringrose@snl co nz Circulation (09) 426 5024/(09) 425 8169 email: h ringrose@snl co nz Classifieds Ph 0800 022 812 Fax 0800 022 815 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 37,398 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Tuesday/Thursday from south Wellsford to Kumeu and coast to coast from Helensville to Whangaparaoa. Orewa Office: Cnr Alice Ave & Florence Ave, Orewa. P.O. Box 79. Ph (09) 426 5024. Warkworth Office: Mill Lane, Warkworth. P.O. Box 636. Ph (09) 425 8169. www.rodneytimes.co.nz HUSQVARNA S GOT WHAT IT TAKES! 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The St John Ambulance ser- vice in Silverdale sells trees for $30. Trees at the station go on sale from December 4-23, 2pm to 4pm weekdays and 9am to 4pm weekends. Coast Youth Community Trust are also fundraising by selling trees. All profits go to the trust to help fund their work in Whangaparaoa Col- lege for the next year. Open from December 4-22, trees are going for $30 for any size. The trust is operating from the bottom of Whangaparaoa Baptist Church and opens from 7am to 6pm daily. Trees are about 1.5 metres to 2 metres, with some extra large ones occasionally. CYC Trust helps run programmes and initiatives in the local community, particu- larly focused on strengthening youth and empowering famil- ies on the Hibiscus Coast. Some fire stations will also be selling trees, including Kaukapakapa from December 10. Phone 0272-711-310 for information. The new Auckland Council asks Christmas tree sellers to use courtesy and common sense. The council says rules this year remain the same as they were under the former local councils and vary in terms of things like signs and permits depending on the location. Sellers should check out the guidelines in their part of town, the council says. Every year councils have to take action against a few traders who operate illegally or who are inconsiderate to neighbours and the public. Bylaw inspectors will be moni- toring trading and taking action if necessary, Auckland Council licensing and com- pliance manager Carole Todd says. Contact the Auckland Coun- cil on (09) 301-0101. Random checks aim to stop drink drivers Police will be more visible as the festive season approaches. Rodney police are dedicated to ensuring public safety on the roads in Rodney over the upcoming Christmas and New Year period, so the community will be seeing more police on roads starting this week, Orewa police sergeant Mark Smith says. More random breath testing checkpoints will be held around Rodney in a bid to keep alcohol-impaired drivers off the roads. You are 16 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash if you drink and drive with a blood alcohol level over 80 milligrams per 100ml, which is the legal limit, Mr Smith says. Alcohol was a factor on 32 percent of fatal and 21 percent of serious injury crashes in New Zealand between 2007 and 2009. Police recommend people nominate a sober driver or use a taxi with the festive season s social events lining up. Speed is the single most important factor which contri- butes to road safety, he says. The faster you go, the more likely you are to crash and the greater the risk of death or serious injury. So take it easy this year, he says. Speed was a factor in 31 percent of fatal and 20 percent of serious injury crashes in New Zealand between 2007 and 2009. When travelling to your hol- iday destination, plan to have regular breaks. Fatigue or distraction results in loss of control, and head-on collisions are the most common type of fatigue- related crash. Fatigue was a contributing factor in 13 percent of fatal and 7 percent of serious injury crashes in the country between 2007 and 2009. If travelling north of Wellsford, the alternative route to State Highway 1 is SH16 which is likely to be less congested, Mr Smith says. And don t forget to wear your seatbelt.
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