Middlemarch police say drivers need to steer clear of closed
roads after several motorists ignored warning signs during
the region's heavy snow in May.
On May 25, Middlemarch police closed State Highway 87 because
of severe weather.
Senior Constable Helen Fincham-Putter said about six drivers
ignored the signs.
''The road was closed because there were people trying to dig
away the snow.
''One driver who got through even got stuck.''
Drivers should not ignore signs, Snr Const Fincham-Putter
''If the road is closed, it's closed for a reason. You need
to adhere to that. As well as being dangerous, if you're
caught it's a $150 fine.''
There was no way the drivers could have misread the sign,
which was on a big gate that blocked two-thirds of the road,
Drivers who got stuck inconvenienced people living nearby.
''It's usually the farmers and people who live nearby who
have to help these drivers if they get into trouble.''
Road conditions were updated regularly on the New Zealand
Transport Agency website and on electronic billboards.
- Holly Bagge