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Roadsafe competition winners announced

This year’s winner of the 'Speed on Bends Kills' competition is Karin Longuet-Higgins who has seen the way traffic accident injuries can affect her patients for life.

Updated: 11/08/2014 4:24 p.m.
Image competition winner.

​This year’s winner of the Speed on Bends Kills competition is
Karin Longuet-Higgins, pictured with Fulton Hogan Area Manager
Keith Cocking, who has seen the way traffic accident injuries
can affect her patients for life.

​Karin was one of 988 people who took part in the competition in The Leader, The Report and Facebook this year; a leap from 170 entries in its first year (2011).

The other competition wimmers this year were:

  • Shirley Curtis  (Petrol vouchers) 
  • Mrs R Whitehead  (Petrol vouchers)
  • M. Kaire  (Meat vouchers)
  • Mr G Christian   (Grocery vouchers)
  • John Ross   (Grocery vouchers)

“It is great to see so many drivers in the Whangarei District keen to take part in a competition that specifically promotes safe driving,” said Karin. 

“Working as a nurse I see a lot of old injuries that are due to past motor vehicle accidents and most of those injuries cause ongoing health issues. The most important thing to remember I think is to make room for other people’s mistakes. There is a very good TV ad running at the moment about this,” she said.

On her daily commute along  State Highway One she frequently spots drivers not driving to the conditions, failing to slow down on bends, ‘straightening’ the road instead and coming dangerously close to oncoming traffic, leaving lights on dim, and making dangerous manoeuvres when overtaking other vehicles.

Karin’s prize is a $500 tyre voucher from Council Contractor Fulton Hogan.

Road safety is also important to Council’s roading contractor, Fulton Hogan.

“Our teams have the challenge of maintaining a safe and efficient road network for the travelling public, keeping them and our own workers safe,” said

Fulton Hogan Area Manager, Keith Cocking.

“We get to see first-hand, by picking up the pieces, when the travelling public lose control, and tyre condition is quite often a contributing factor to the accidents that happen out there.

“It’s with pleasure we continue to support RoadSafe Northland and the 'Safety on Bends' competition by providing $500 tyre voucher as the main prize.  Congratulations to Karin for her win.”

Roadsafe Northland is contracted by Council to promote safe driving on roads, while Council and other contractors work to ensure the roads are safe from an engineering point of view.

Prizes to the value of $1,000 have been provided by local companies keen to work with Council and other Community Roadsafety Partners to promote safer speeds on road bends.

Fulton Hogan donated tyres to a maximum value of $500, Smith and Davies donated two $100 petrol vouchers, the Northland Road Safety Association donated a $100 meat voucher and an anonymous donor provided two $100 grocery vouchers.



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