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MOTOR BY LAW CASE.

AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL V. J. S. HAWKE In fchis case tbe Akaroa County Council charged J. S. Hawke on three charges, viz, two for not sounding his horn going round corners and travelling at an excessive speed. Mr J. H, Williams appeared for plaintiff Council, and Mr Jobnstone for defendant. Joseph Giddens gave evidence that he waa road foreman at Duvauchelle, and on November 6th he was standing at the store about 745 wben a grey motor cat , passed. He could not see tbe number of the car as it passed, and he considered it wag travelling at 30 miles an hour He saw tbe car again just outside . Akaioa going back to Duvauchelle. Tbe car did nob sound any bora at the corners. Dβ fendant spoke to him that afternoon, and said he was a careful driver. He did not see any necessity to sound his born as there was do traffic on the road. He saw defendant meet McKenzie at Rocky Point corner at Duvaucbelle. To Mr Johnston: Hβ was going to work when he saw the car. Did not defendant say he night have sounded the horn mechanically, not that he hadn't sounded the horn ? Witness : He might have sad that to him, Hβ did not say tbe car had no number on it. Mr Johnston: There wa3 no notice at the rocky corner caneerning speed. Witness : There was a notice board between the hotel'and bridges. To the Magistrate: He beard the car coming some distance away, but did not hear the born. T. E. McKenzie gave evidence tbftt he was driving bis milk cart to tbe Barry's Bay Factory on November 6th. Hβ saw a car coming down into Duvauchelle as he came down Piper's Valley road on tbe main' toad. Ho caw the car was travelling fast so he pushed bis horse so aa not to meet bim on tbe dangerous corner, He met tbe car on Kocky Point, about 121 chains along the main road. The car sounded no born He pulled up when tbe car passed. It was 44 chaiDS from the hotel to Rocky Point It took bim 50 seconds to travel frotr Piper's Vallty road to Rocky Point On this calculation the car was travel JiDg at 39 nailes per hour, To Mr J-hnston: He pulled up al Bocky Point to see the car's number. Mr Johnston : Is it not tbe attitudi of the local people to let the loca owners of cars end motor cycles fcrave at excessive ppeed ? Witness : Not to my knowledge. Mr Johnston : I am afraid it is so. T. W. Wilkins, licensed surveyor gave'evidence that he bad surveyei tbe road, He calculated that the ca jvaß travelling at 9 6 miles per hour. To Mr Johnston : McKenzie wou!< be'ftble ta see tbe car for eight or nin .cbaing on the flat L. B. W Berwick gave evidenc that he saw the car pass. The ca was going 25 to 40 miles an hour. I did not sound a horn. He had new seen a car travelling faster. Mr Johnston said Mr Hawkea had been driving for 10 years He drove carefully all the way. John Hawkea, defendant, gave evidence that be bad been driving 1C years. He had never been prosecuted, f w d he was not aware of the 15-milE tliaui of the by law. Hβ steadied the ear «b tbe corners. He could not do 39 miles without a long flat befort him, Hβ thought he was travelling al 20 miles an hour. He passed McKun # ie on the corner, wbo bad pulled up •ffae .car wa3 a quiet one, and the onlj Influents, and Colds are not stomacl troubles, and « co called Cold Core poorec down the neck kw no benefical effeoi •«NAZOL" aote.

noise would be tbo tyres on the road jje bad met several railk carts on tbe Diivauehelle hill, and several mobs of cattle. To Mr Williams :He left Christ church between 580 and G a.m. and arrived in Akaroa at 3 minutes to 8 The csr could travel 40 miles under favourable conditions. To Mr -lohnpton : He bad travelled fast to Little River, but had driven quietly, ns was his custom on Peninsula, roads, for the rest ot the journpy. To the Magistrate : He bad travelled from Mr Coop's, Little River, in an hour. He travelled 15 miles an hour up the bills. On one charge of not sounding bis horn defendant was fined 103 and £2 cost?, Tbe magistrate said the aver Hge r«te at which defendant travelled win 16 miies an hour, and the car could go 15 milee up the hill 3. lie did not think up to 20 miles unreasonable, The other charge of no" sound ing his horn was dismissed, and thp charge of excessive speed was dismissed, CTHEU CASES •T. W. Roberts, for driving a motorcar between the hours of sunset end sunrise within tbe Akaroa County, pleaded guilty, and was fined 10<, and costs. Stanley Ritchie was charged with travelling at an excessive speed on a motorcycle between RobiDson's Bay and Duvaucbellp, and pleaded guilty. He was fined 10-', and costs,

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MOTOR BY LAW CASE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3460, 11 December 1914

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MOTOR BY LAW CASE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3460, 11 December 1914

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