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14 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, February 19, 2014 www.times.co.nz BEST OF 2013 Bon appétit for 2014 103091-V67 > Military re-enactments > New Zealand Armed Constabulary/ 65th Regiment > Scottish Pipers > Celts and Norsemen > Scottish Dancers > Pipe & Brass Bands > Highland Games > Strongman Events > Highland Dances > Fun Rides > Craft Stalls / Food Stalls > Community Stalls > Smokin Bandits > Medieval re-enactment > Marching Girls Sharonstewart@xtra.co.nz – 021 282 1144 THIS SUNDAY – 23RD FEBRUARY 2014 LLOYD ELSMORE PARK, PAKURANGA, AUCKLAND NEAR NEW RUGBY CLUB – 10.00AM START FREEENTRY125593-V2 By Chris Harrowell TWO women were taken to hospi- tal after their motor vehicles col- lided on a wet rural road. The crash, which happened in Whitford at about 8.20am on Feb- ruary 8, was attended by Howick station firefighters, St John Ambu- lance paramedics and police. Constable Frederick Minnee, of Counties Manukau East Police, says the collision happened on a curving stretch of Whitford Road. “It was on quite a nasty corner with a recommended speed limit of 55kph,” he told the Times. “One motor vehicle was going down the hill toward Howick and the other up the hill to Whitford. “The vehicle going down may have been travelling a bit too fast and skidded out. “Its driver tried to turn, and the vehicle ploughed into the side of the other car. They both ended up off the road.” The 40-year-old woman driving up the hill, in a Mazda Verisa, was cut from her car by firefighters. She had chest pains and was taken to Middlemore Hospital by paramedics. The 46-year-old driver going down the hill, in a Ford Laser, man- aged to get out of the car through the passenger’s door. She was also taken to Middlem- ore Hospital by paramedics. Both women were their vehicles’ only occupants and have been dis- charged from hospital. Mr Minnee says the police inves- tigation into the collision is ongo- ing and it’s not yet known if either driver will be charged over the crash. “About an hour later we had another crash happen at the same corner,” he says. “At the time of the first colli- sion [at 8.20am], there was a motor vehicle crash one corner away on the same road. “It was wet, but people were driving at the same speed as when the road is dry. “Even if a motorist does know the road, they should slow down if it’s raining.” Woman cut from car PEOPLE with unpaid fines or reparation for traffic-related offences could find themselves barred from driving under pow- erful new sanctions, says Courts Minister Chester Borrows. From last Monday, Driver Licence Stop Orders (DLSOs) can be imposed on anyone who fails to pay traffic-related fines imposed on them by a court, the police or a local government authority – or a reparation order imposed on them by a court – for a traffic-re- lated offence. Mr Borrows says DLSOs are a strong sanction, which will initially be targeted at repeat offenders who’ve racked up large overdue debts. “There are around 136,000 peo- ple who between them owe $48 million in traffic-related fines and are making no attempt to pay,” he says. “A lot have chosen to ignore repeated reminders and if they remain uncooperative they’ll pay for it with their driver licence. “We’ll focus initially on the worst offenders, but anyone with an overdue fine should seize this opportunity to contact the Minis- try of Justice and make a payment arrangement if they wish to hold on to their licence.” The Justice Ministry, which will hand out the new sanction, will start by giving people with large amounts owing 14 days’ notice to either pay up or set up a payment plan. They’ll get one more reminder, and if they’re not compliant, a bailiff will be sent to seize their driver licence. The licence will remain sus- pended until the fine is paid in full, or payment arrangements are in place. If they’re caught driving while the licence is suspended they could be prosecuted, and have the vehicle seized for 28 days. “The aim isn’t to suspend lots of driver licences,” says Mr Bor- rows. “It’s to get people who’ve been ignoring the authority of law to take things seriously, and to pay their traffic-related fines. “We’ve made big inroads in get- ting people to pay fines, thanks to sanctions such as the powers to seize property, stop people from travelling overseas, stop people making purchases on credit, and directly deducting money from wages. “Those measures have seen the total level of unpaid fines and rep- aration fall by nearly $250 million since 2009. 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