Ten more people have died on southern roads this year than in
the corresponding period last year; and ahead of the busy
holiday weekend, police are saying they have had enough.
Fourteen people have been killed in crashes in the South so
far this year, including two deaths last weekend. Hayden
Lloyd Mapp (34), of Hawea, died in an early morning crash,
and Brodie Carroll (19) died in Dunedin Hospital after being
struck by a vehicle near Gore on May 17.
This compared with four deaths during the same period in
''This is an awful statistic - but behind the facts are many
lives that have been lost and people who have been impacted
for life,'' acting Southern district road policing manager,
Sergeant Geoff Sutherland, said.
''Tragically, in many of these crashes, alcohol appears to
have been a factor, as have poor choices about driving
To ensure they reached their destination safely, drivers were
urged to wear safety belts and make sure passengers did too,
drive to the conditions and not drink and drive.
Police hoped this weekend's road toll would be zero, the same
as last year.
Officers would be out in force this weekend, targeting poor
Across the country, officers were involved in the national
''Make It To Monday'' campaign, which included a highly
visible presence on the roads.
Officers would be targeting drink-driving, the wearing of
seat belts and driving to the conditions.
While the weekend's forecast looked promising, motorists
should be prepared for winter weather, as ''we still need to
drive more slowly and be cautious of frosty mornings and
hazards such as black ice'', police said.
Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator
Senior Sergeant Matt Scoles said there was a high police
presence around the Southern region yesterday, with officers
targeting all aspects of driving.
The operation was part of the nationwide Fatal Free Friday
and Queen's Birthday.
So far, drivers in the region had been relatively well
behaved, he said.