Extra police will be on patrol this Labour Day, and drivers
are urged to plan their journey to ensure safe travel this
Labour Weekend officially starts at 4pm tomorrow and ends at
6am on Tuesday.
Over the past five years, there have been two fatalities and
19 people injured in crashes on Otago and Southland roads
over the Labour Weekend period.
Acting Southern district road policing manager Senior
Sergeant Steve Larking, of Dunedin, said police would be
highly visible and focusing on excessive speed and
drink-driving, and also checking that everyone travelling was
wearing correctly fitted safety belts.
A reduced speed tolerance will be in place over the weekend,
anyone travelling 4km or more over the speed limit being
liable for an infringement notice.
Additional speed cameras would also be deployed on the
highway network, Snr Sgt Larking said.
''Everyone stopped will be breath-tested and we'll also be
running a number of checkpoints at critical spots around
Southland and Otago,'' Snr Sgt Larking said.
Motorists were also urged to drive to the conditions if there
was poor weather.
Across New Zealand over Labour Weekend last year there were
three crashes resulting in the death of six people, while 17
people were seriously injured and there were 64 minor-injury
The total cost of these crashes was about $37 million.
Tips for drivers
This Labour Day motorists should.
- Make sure their warrant and registration are up to
- Check tyres, particularly on boats, trailers and caravans,
before heading away.
- Avoid the worst peak traffic periods - for example, on
Friday afternoon, when holidaymakers are sharing the highway
with workers heading home.
- Not drink and drive.
- Maintain safe following distances and be patient.
- Be aware of the weather - if the weather conditions are
bad, drive to the conditions.
- Not allow distractions such as eating, drinking and
passenger conversations to interfere with the primary task of
Source: NZ Police/NZTA