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Constable Adrian Fisher, of Counties Manukau East Police’s strategic trafﬁc unit, is staking out a busy East Tamaki intersection to stop people from ignoring the road rules. Mr Fisher has parked his patrol car at the Cryers Road and Tru- good Drive junction from 6.30- 9.30am for three days a week in the past month. The problem involves some motorists travelling from Pakuranga and Botany to East Tamaki and Highbrook. Travelling up Trugood Drive and wanting to turn right, some drivers move into the left-hand lane. They then turn left into Cry- ers Road and perform a U-turn in commercial driveways before travelling back along Cryers Road toward Highbrook. “People are getting frustrated [by queues in Trugood Drive], so they go left and do a U-turn, but it’s compounding the problem,” says Mr Fisher. “It’s considered an inconsider- ate passing manoeuvre and people can be ﬁned $150 for doing it. “I issued 15 infringement notices in two weeks.” Some of the drivers Mr Fisher stopped in recent weeks have offered a number of reasons for why they made a U-turn. “They say things such as they’re running late for work, they’re sick of waiting in the queue, or they didn’t realise what they were doing was wrong,” he says. “They think ‘everybody else does it so why can’t I?’” Auckland Transport (AT) spokesman Mark Hannan says it’s aware of the issue. “AT engineers checked the site and decided trafﬁc signals are the best long-term solution for vehi- cles turning right,” he says. “However, this may encour- age motorists to use the road as a through-route to Highbrook. “A review of the site’s crash his- tory doesn’t show any signiﬁcant safety issues. “Based on those factors, it’s decided it isn’t a priority to put sig- nals at Trugood Drive and Cryers Road in the short-term. “Monitoring of this intersection is ongoing.” Howick Local Board transport portfolio leader Steve Udy has ﬁrst-hand experience. “This is well documented as a problem intersection needing attention,” he says. “With the Auckland Manu- kau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) developments along Ti Rakau Drive this will be addressed, but not for some time.” Mr Fisher normally issues driv- ers a warning when they make a U-turn, except for when there’s another trafﬁc-related issue, such as not wearing a seatbelt or using a cellphone. “For me to issue an infringement it’s got to be a blatant U-turn,” he says. “On November 22, I noticed about 50 drivers turn right from the left-hand lane into Cryers Road. “The message to people is to please be patient. “We’re trying to solve this prob- lem and put a better plan in place so they aren’t queuing for an extended period.” U-turn warning at junction Police constable Adrian Fisher is keeping an eye on a busy East Tamaki intersection to ensure motorists don't undertake illegal U-turns. Times photo Chris Harrowell AN UNCONSCIOUS man was rescued from a boat in distress on the south-east coast last week. Coastguard’s northern region communications and search and rescue response centre was alerted at 3.30pm on December 11 by a member of the public who had come across the vessel off Kawakawa Bay. Two people were on-board, including a 60-year-old man who was unconscious. Shortly after the boat was discovered by the member of the public, the man started to regain consciousness, but was confused and having difﬁculty breathing. Maraetai Rescue One met the member of the public who had the distressed vessel under tow. Coastguard volunteers took the patient on-board and back to an ambulance waiting at the Kawakawa Bay boat ramp. Coastguard duty ofﬁcer Mark Leevers says he cannot stress enough the importance of car- rying two waterproof forms of communication when out on the water, so that Coastguard can be contacted when the unexpected happens and help is needed. “It can happen to anyone and if we can’t hear you, we can’t help you,” says Mr Leevers says. QUICK RESPONSE TO DISTRESSED CREW MEMBER GOOD DEEDS Strong values to the fore F ➤ rompage1 "He doesn't have as much health as we do, so it's important to try and help him." More than $70,000 has been raised for Jesse so far and his family and support team are grateful for every contribution. The boisterous little boy and his mum Michelle visited Brookby School last Friday and were presented with their cheque. "It's an amazing feeling that people who don't know him are caring," says Michelle. "At the moment Jesse is okay. He's got balance issues and the face [droop] issue, but it's not life-threatening right now." Brookby School principal Lyn Gordon is "incredibly proud" of the students' generosity. "It was their money and they chose to donate it," she told the Times. "We think we've got strong values at Brookby and this proves our Brookby values." The pupils' teacher Ngaire Takerei says the class reached its decision to donate the money after a discussion and vote. "I couldn't be prouder," says Mrs Takerei. "These children are beginning to realise how fortunate they are. They're thinking outside of their own world." Mrs Lochore says the fundraising fun day she organised for Jesse at Little Cubs was "very rewarding". "We raised nearly $4000 and we've still got a lot over, so we're going to have a garage sale. The cars were a big hit. We had a Corvette and Mustang and people were paying $10 and $20 for a ride." Jesse and Michelle went along for the fun, which also included pony rides, bobbing for apples and a lolly scramble from Santa Claus. Six-year-old Ashra Visser sacri ced what she could by having her very rst haircut and asking for donations. "She said 'I'm doing this for Jesse'," says Mrs Lochore. "People cried. It was rewarding to see this little guy and that people care enough to do something for him. "His treatment isn't going to be overnight." ■ For more information, visit www. jessebessant.co.nz and www.facebook.com/ jessenoahbessant.
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