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Fines for cellphone use while
Central Otago (Alexandra,
Cromwell, Omakau, Ranfurly,
National total: 25,144
Penalty per notice: $80 fine, 20
SOURCE: Police southern district
OIA figures to August 13, national
figures correct to July 25, 2012.
Do you illegally talk or text while
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By JOHN EDENS
Drivers appear to be reverting to
old dangerous habits gabbing and
texting on cellphones, police say.
Police ticketed drivers with
more than $2 million in fines,
including $44,000 in the south,
nationally since the Land Trans-
port Road User Amendment rule
banned the use of handheld mo-
bile phones while driving, in
Almost as many drivers were
caught illegally using cellphones
in Queenstown as in Invercargill,
since legislation was introduced
three years ago.
Southern district acting road
policing manager Steve Larking
said the legislation was not a
revenue-generating ban but
focused on improving road safety.
Since 2009 there was a change
in driver behaviour but this had
probably waned a bit creating a
risk, he said.
''We know that cellphone use
while driving is dangerous. In our
area in the southern district we
have had people killed.''
Drivers in Invercargill paid
$22,000 in fines after being caught
illegally talking or texting on
cellphones. Official Information
Act figures revealed the number
of people caught in Queenstown,
Central Otago, Southland district
In Queenstown, 212 notices
were issued since 2009, generating
$17,000 in fines, 56 were issued in
Central Otago, or $4480, and 279
tickets were issued in Invercar-
gill, generating $22,320.
In the southern district, 1464
tickets were issued in three years,
equivalent to $117,120.
Little green fingers:
Children at the
with the beans they
planted on Thursday
with the help of SBS
centre rear, and
librarian Niki Mason,
centre right. Photo:
SBS shares benefits of gardening
By SUE FEA
The SBS Bank is again promoting
its community-inspired SOW and
GROW edible garden initiative
Anyone can collect a free packet
of seeds from the SBS Queens-
town and Cromwell branches this
month and SBS business develop-
ment officer Honor Mathieson
said they were encouraging peo-
ple to share seeds.
The Queenstown bank was also
holding a prize draw for its SOW
and GROW competition offering
about 50 different garden-related
prizes, including bokashi buckets,
a tunnel grow, worm castings, a
one-hour composting workshop
and gear from Mitre 10.
The Queenstown Harvest Com-
munity Gardens and the vege-
growing competition at the Lake
HayesA&PShow were also be-
ing promoted by the bank.
Staff hoped people would dis-
cover the benefits of growing
their own veges, being sustain-
able and enjoying the ''feel-good''
factor this generated for everyone
involved, Ms Mathieson said.
Cromwell-based customer ser-
vices officer Raewyn Joyce said
Cromwell school pupils were
being taught to make bio-
degradable pots from newspaper
and planting in them, and there
was also a colouring competition
under way. Ms Mathieson said a
class at Remarkables Primary
School had planted some SBS
seedlings as part of a wider Gar-
den to Table programme doing a
designing, cooking and growing
project with chefs at the nearby
'' The kids have planted lots of
seeds in egg cartons and then they
will grow those into seedlings and
sell them at the Remarkables
Farmers Market as a fundraiser,''
Ms Mathieson said.
Hilton Queenstown general ma-
nager Andrew Nisbet said Re-
markables School had been given
a plot of land by Remarkables
Park developer Alastair Porter for
20 year 7 and 8 pupils to grow food
and learn about that process.
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