Police have praised drivers who took to Otago-Southland roads
over December and January, reporting one fewer death over the
Safer Summer campaign period than 12 months earlier.
Motorists appeared to be driving more carefully and safely,
with greater consideration for other road users, than during
the previous December-January, Senior Sergeant Steve Larking,
acting Southern district road policing manager, said.
''The reality is, however, that a number of drivers were
still involved in crashes that resulted in people suffering
He reminded motorists they should always drive at a safe
speed for the conditions as ''this is a key factor in
preventing death and serious injuries on our roads''.
Another issue over the summer campaign was motorists' use of
cellphones while driving, which was a real safety risk for
those drivers, their passengers and other road users.
''Police will continue to target drivers who break the law
and put themselves and others at risk by driving while
talking or texting on their cellphones.''
• During February and March, police would conduct an
intersection campaign in Dunedin, focusing on driver
behaviour at intersections, including cellphone use and
wearing of seat belts, Snr Sgt Larking said.