The South Eastern Times : January 1st 2015
2 NEWS MAC questions driver behaviour THE Motor Accident Commission has launched a new road safety campaign which challenges drink drivers to question their behaviour. Driving while under the influence of alcohol remains one of the main causes of road deaths in South Australia, according to Road Safety Minister Tony Piccolo. “It defies logic that people still choose to drive after drinking,” he said. “The statistics speak for themselves - between 2009 and 2013, there were 103 fatal crashes involving drink drivers of which 96 were at fault. “From those 103 crashes, 108 lives were lost. “There is absolutely no vindication for taking control of a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and we need to realise the long-lasting implications of that decision.” The “Grow Up” television commercial airs throughout South Australia and involves child actors to re-quote the excuses drink drivers commonly use to validate their action. The thought-provoking campaign reminds drink drivers that their behaviour is dangerous, immature and they have failed to keep up with the expectations of society, according to MAC road safety general manager Michael Cornish. “MAC research shows there are some drink drivers who understand the risks and penalties involved with drink driving but will sometimes still try to get away with it, even though they know they shouldn’t be driving,” he said. “They have a range of excuses to justify their actions, but can also feel remorse the next day. “The messages in this new MAC campaign aim to trigger some much-needed self-reflection and change - we want to eliminate drink-driving crashes in South Australia.” From 2009 to 2013, the percentage of drivers and riders killed with a blood alcohol concentration above .05 was 27pc. In the same period, of the drivers and riders seriously injured and tested, at least 16pc had an illegal blood alcohol level. Anglers to make most of holidays AS rods, lures, pots and hooks are dusted off for some holiday fishing, recreational anglers are reminded about the various information sources available to help them make the most of South Australia’s rewarding fishing opportunities. Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said South Australia is home to some of Australia’s best fishing experiences. “The State Government has a range of measures in place to secure the sustainability of our fish stocks,” he said. The minister said recreational fishers benefit from the presence of FISHCARE volunteers who play a vital role in educating fishers on local rules and regulations. “The FISHCARE Volunteer program has more than 90 volunteers around the state who give their time during the busy holiday period to visit popular fishing spots and answer fishers’ queries,” he said. “Keep an eye out for our dedicated volunteers who will be on hand at a range of locations and events across the summer providing fisheries information and assistance.” Mr Bignell urged all fishers to play their part in supporting the health of our fisheries. “We have some of the best-managed fisheries in the world and with everybody doing the right thing we can ensure today’s rewarding fishing opportunities remain for future generations.” Information on fishing rules and regu- lations is available at www.pir.sa.gov or by contacting the 24-hour Fishwatch line at 1800 065 522. PRESENTATION: Wattle Range Mayor Peter Gandolfi presents a donation to Sue Lines of the Millicent United Soccer Club. 2 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, January 1, 2015 GRANT: Furner Sports Club representative Karen Pulmer accepts a donation from Mayor Peter Gandolfi on behalf of Canunda Power. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au GARDEN HELP: Wattle Range Mayor Peter Gandolfi presents $462 to McArthur Park Kindergarten director Nikki Kirkland and students Campbell Leopold, Becky Davis and Kalani Dunn. Grant donations welcomed Canunda Power funds to benefit South East groups THERE will be extra kitchen appliances for youngsters to use when Millicent’s McArthur Park Kindergarten reopens its doors in the new year. A $462 grant from Canunda Power has enabled a wok, food processor and blender to be purchased. On behalf of the kindergarten, director Nikki Kirkland expressed her gratitude to the company which operates 23 wind turbines along the Woakwine Range near Lake Bonney. “We grow our own garden produce at McArthur Park and the appliances will be put to good use,” she said. The other Canunda Power grant recipients are the Furner Sports Club ($2000 for an adventure playground), Penola Primary School ($1000 for a natural learning space project) and the Millicent United Soccer Club for four new soccer goals. The annual Canunda Power grants for community groups are administered by Wattle Range Council and are applied to environmental and healthy living projects.
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