Holiday traffic heading towards Central Otago and the lakes
travels through Lawrence yesterday. Photo by Linda
Otago motorists are being urged to relax, take their time
and report frustrating or dangerous behaviour to avoid road
rage and rash decision-making during the holiday period.
Southern police district road policing manager Inspector
Andrew Burns expected a traffic rush this afternoon and
evening, as well as tomorrow morning, as people made their
way to holiday destinations in the Waitaki Valley and Central
A similarly heavy flow of traffic was expected on Otago roads
between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning next week, Insp
It was important motorists allowed extra time to reach
destinations, he said.
''People should think about when they leave, and make sure
drivers are rested and vehicles are in good condition. The
biggest message from us is for people to just take their time
and not rush.
''When people are rushing they tend to make poor decisions
and an extra five minutes can make all the difference,'' Insp
Police wanted all holiday-makers to reach their destinations,
and motorists had to be reminded that rushing on the road
could mean people did not finish their journey, Insp Burns
''Just relax, take 10 deep breaths. Even if you are involved
in a minor collision with no great drama it's going to cost
hours of wasted time and effort, so take your time and enjoy
the break,'' he said.
Highway patrol officers will be backed up by regular duty
police on the roads during the next week.
Rural drink-drive squads will also be out in force across
Insp Burns said general traffic complaints could be made to
the *555 number and any dangerous behaviour should be
reported to police on 111.
''If there are motorists travelling slowly causing other
drivers frustration, that's when people make poor decisions
and we need to be told about it,'' he said.
Police have named the 24-year-old man involved in a fatal car
crash just north of Invercargill on Boxing Day.
Shane Curtis Tosh, of Invercargill, died when his car left
the Lorneville-Dacre highway.
A woman killed in a car crash in Hamilton on Christmas Day
has been named as Rongmei Wang (71), a Chinese national, APNZ
Ms Wang was a rear-seat passenger in a car that collided with