State Highway 25 is 270km's of winding and hilly roads with 983 curves, give or take a few. Our Road Safety Co-ordinator, Ingrid Le Fevre, and Thames Police Officer, Constable Catherine Sell, have been working together to promote an awareness of the road safety campaign 'Stay Alive On 25.’ In their roles they both saw too many people being injured or killed in their area, and they want to reduce the risk of people suffering from the trauma that crashes cause. “The number of road users on SH25 is increasing and we don’t want the number of crashes to follow,” says Constable Catherine Sell. “Every serious crash has a traumatic effect on victims and their families. We don’t want to see any more families missing their loved ones on their holidays.” High risk driver behaviour such as crossing the centreline and overtaking in unsafe places cause 93% of all serious and fatal crashes on the Coromandel loop. "Stay Alive on 25 is a simple campaign about the basics," says Ms Le Fevre. "Keep to your side of the road, drive to the conditions, slow down on our winding roads, keep your water bottle in the car, stay off your cell phone, plan your trip with rest stops and stay safe." The campaign targets road users by creating awareness of the challenges SH25 presents. It also highlights the importance of taking regular breaks from driving. "Summer is always busy across our district so congestion and delays are inevitable in peak times,” says Ms Le Fevre. “But if everyone leaves plenty of time for their journey, drives to the conditions and plans ahead before leaving home, the worst of the frustrations can be eased, and everyone can concentrate on arriving safely. We want people to reach their destinations safely.” Click to expand. Cycle Skills If you're wanting to move towards more bike riding in your everyday life – we’re here to help make it happen. Our Council has gained ACC cycle funding to provide a great opportunity to deliver free cycle skills training, with the first courses being held in Thames and more are to be held across the East Waikato. Photo: First adult cycle skills course held in Thames, March 2018 “Confidence comes from knowing what to do on the rides you enjoy,” says Ingrid Le Fevre, our Road Safety Co-ordinator. “Last month we successfully ran a cycle skills course in Thames for adults, and with the great feedback, we are continuing the programme.” Participants must be adults (18+ years) and capable of riding a bike with reasonable control of direction and speed and have some knowledge of the road code. There are a limited number of spaces available. Upcoming courses and registration details will be posted on this page when avaliable. School Crossings We have a number of these around the Coromandel district, please look out for children and reduce your speed close to schools. The crossings generally only operate before and after school, 8-9am and 3-4pm these are run by trained school children. The crossing has swing arms that come into the middle of the road from both sides to allow a safe area for children to cross. Remember children are little people, they can't see as much as adults, patience and slow speeds around schools, thank you. 20km Past a School Bus 20kph is the legal limit that you must do past a school bus from BOTH directions, please slow down when you see a school bus. For further information on school bus signs, check out the New Zealand Road Code. Plan B4 U Party An education awareness campaign to encourage people to plan before they party, supported by most local drinking establishments, bottle stores and camp grounds across East Waikato Get Involved with SADD SADD is a peer education programme that has been in New Zealand for over 20 years. The primary objective of SADD is to reduce the harm caused on our roads by drink drivers. The peer education programme is run in secondary schools by students, and can be incorporated into the school curriculum. The organisation is open to any student and SADD encourages participation from across the year levels. For more information, check out the SADD website. Be Prepared Stock movements with share milkers moving herds in early June, be prepared you dont know what is around the next corner. Stock can be spooked at night and get out so be prepared as they are unpredictable and can run out in front of oncoming traffic. Young Drivers Drive is a FREE, on line driving programme that will help you pass your restricted licence test. It's all about you getting out on the road, driving. Drive has online videos, tips and advice on how to improve your driving while you're doing your supervised hours. Check it out at www.drive.govt.nz Motorcycle Information Ride Forever is ACC’s subsidised rider training programme with courses available for all skill levels, from beginner to elite. So to take up this opportunity or for more info visit www.rideforever.co.nz/coaching/courses For future information regarding 'Pump up your Ride' check out reduce the risk. The Southern Coromandel Loop continues to be a favourite with motorcyclists, as the rugged terrain presents a combination of real challenge and beautiful vistas. NZTA has prepared some advice to make sure motorcyclists get the most of the loop while not putting themselves or anyone else at risk.