Southern police have called for care to be taken on the road
after several black-ice-related crashes.
Black ice was believed to be a factor in crashes in Dunedin,
Gore and Mokotua on Thursday night and Friday morning, a fire
service spokesman said.
The crashes were minor but also a timely reminder that
''winter driving conditions are vastly different to summer
driving conditions'', Southern District Command Centre
deployment co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Matt Scoles said.
''It's important that people are aware on particularly cold
nights that it's not just the ice on the roads they can see,
it's the ice they can't see that's most dangerous.''
The Southern district had some of the coldest conditions and
most dangerous roads and people needed to take extra care and
drive to the conditions, particularly with children returning
to school next week, he said.
The warning comes after a van lost control near Clarks
Junction and flipped off the road - pinning the driver's arm
underneath the van - because of icy conditions on Wednesday
A Dunedin Hospital spokeswoman said the man was progressing
favourably in the orthopaedic ward last night.