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Pupils from Rangiora Borough
School are taking to the streets
this Friday afternoon in support of
the establishment of nearby
Victoria Park playground as a
smoke-free area. Twelve
playgrounds across the district
have been nominated as smoke-
free. Other parks are Grange View
Reserve, Waikuku Beach, Central
Area, Wanaka Reserve, Woodend
Beach Domain and Tuahiwi
Reserve in the Woodend-Ashley
ward; Moorcroft Reserve and
Morgan Williams Reserve in the
Kaiapoi ward; Jack Graham
Reserve and Pearson Park in
Oxford; and Elephant Park
and Oakwood Park in the
Oliver in top 10
Young North Canterbury
mountainbiker Ben Oliver had an
impressive start to his
international career with a top-10
finish in the opening round of the
UCI World Cup. Oliver finished
10th in the junior elite race, in
Loburn and Waikuku schools will
host separate fundraising quiz
nights this Friday, May 24. The
Waikuku School quiz night will be
held at the Woodend Rugby
Clubrooms, Gladstone Rd. Tickets
are $5 each person, and numbers
are limited to 100. Tickets from
the school. The Loburn School
quiz night will be at the school.
Tickets are $10 each, from the
school office. BYO food and drink.
JAKS clothing store is hosting a
fun fashion evening in the store at
3/215 High St, on May 30, at
7pm. Owner Karina Skerten and
style consultant Debbie Albrecht
promise a great night. Tickets are
discount voucher. Phone
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CORONER IAN Smith last year called for a ministerial review of the
rules around green flashing lights mounted on the vehicles of health
professionals heading to medical emergencies.
He made the proposal at an inquest into a woman's cardiac arrest
death at Hutt Hospital.
An intensive care specialist on their way to treat the woman was
stopped for speeding and delayed by about five minutes.
The coroner ruled the doctor's earlier arrival would not have saved the
woman's life, but he still called for a review. However, the Government
said a full review would be unlikely to generate any new approaches to
this issue and suggested educational initiatives instead.
An Auckland doctor convicted of speeding after being stopped on his
way to an emergency said while education might have value, clarity
around the law was needed. He welcomed the call to treat green light
and emergency vehicles the same.
Green lights ignored
PULL OVER: First responder nurse specialist Barbara Smith at her emergency vehicle with the green flashing light.
By ANNA PRICE
They can even speed up
to stop you passing.
FIRST RESPONSE medics warn
that someone could die if motor-
ists on the region's rural roads
continue to ignore their green
Health professionals respond-
ing to 111 calls say other motor-
ists just don't seem to get it''.
Dr David Bowie, head of the
Flying Doctor service and chair-
man of the Canterbury-West
Coast Emergency Care Co-
ordination Team (ECCT), is work-
ing with the Canterbury Highway
Patrol to raise awareness in a
social driving'' initiative.
Nurse specialist Barbara Smith
says it is a life and death matter
that primary responders reach the
emergency in time.
If we are delayed getting to an
emergency such as a heart attack,
anaphylactic shock, crashes . . .
this can often be the difference
between survival and death.
We certainly would appreciate
motorists showing some under-
standing and courtesy when they
see the green flashing light.''
Mrs Smith, an ECCT executive
member, says narrow roads in
parts of the region compound the
problem, particularly if there are
few places to pass.
I've waved to say thank you
when I have been able to pass and
had some strange looks, or you
can get the fingers when you pass
someone. They can even speed up
to stop you passing.''
The lack of signage to identify
the cars as emergency vehicles is
being discussed with at least one
health authority -- the West Coast
District Health Board.
This is certainly something the
health board is aware of and it is
listening to us,'' she said.
Many times on the road, we're
pretty much ignored because the
green flashing light is probably
hard to see, especially in sunlight.
People are not aware of what it
means, so when they see it, they
just carry on normally.
Only on the odd occasion will
someone pull over,'' she said.
It's really tricky sometimes.
We have to go up access driveways
in remote valleys, over unsealed
roads, potholes and -- in rain --
some very dirty tracks.''
The medic's car often reaches
the scene of an accident or an
emergency before an ambulance,
and medics use their specialised
training as first responders.
The Road Code states doctors,
nurses and midwives can use a
roof-mounted green flashing light,
and drivers must pull over to let
the vehicle pass.
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