Stopping distance demonstrations aim to slow drivers


Next week stopping distance demonstrations will take place on four Nelson streets in an effort to slow down reckless drivers.

The demonstration will feature fast cars, fake blood and cardboard cutouts and show how far a car will travel with and without ABS braking at different speeds when the driver brakes.

Residents are encouraged to attend the events and bring a picnic tea to eat while they enjoy the demonstrations.

There will also be displays from Citizens Advice, Emergency Management, Neighbourhood Support and an interactive blind spot demonstration.

Chair of the Works and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Eric Davy, says the events are crucial to help people understand the dangers of speeding.

“Too many people see a speed limit as a target and they think that’s the speed they should travel at,” says Councillor Davy. These demonstrations are important to show the devastating effects on the human body when it is in collision with a slab of steel such as a vehicle.

The events, organised by the Nelson City Council, will run between the hours of 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the following locations.

  • Nile Street, Nelson Central School – Monday March 16
  • Bisley Walk, Tahunanui Playing Field – Tuesday March 17
  • Tipahi Street, Nelson Intermediate Lawn – Thursday March 19
  • Atawhai Crescent, Corder Park – Friday March 20