Police are urging motorists to drive carefully during the
Easter and Anzac holidays, with bad weather forecast for many
parts of the country.
A reduced speed tolerance of 4km/h will be enforced during
the extended holiday period from 4pm tomorrow to Monday April
National manager road policing, Superintendent Carey
Griffiths, said the extended campaign was logical given many
people were taking the 10 days off and would be travelling in
Police would be out in force targeting speed, distraction and
"We know that people make mistakes on the road, but that
shouldn't cost you or someone else life or limb. The reality
is that the speed you are travelling at is what determines
whether you have time to react to those mistakes - or whether
you become another crash statistic," Mr Griffiths said.
"People have a simple choice whether or not to speed, and
there is irrefutable evidence that reducing your speed by
even small amounts can make all the difference in whether you
walk away from a crash or are carried away."
Last year three people were killed in three fatal crashes
during the Easter holiday period. The lowest road toll for
Easter was zero in 2012.
Mr Griffiths says the goal of road safety agencies is for a
repeat of 2012's result, and Queen's Birthday weekend last
year, when there were no road deaths and fewer injuries.
"Since 1956, more than 560 people have been killed and 14,600
injured in crashes on our roads on Easter weekends - with
2012 the only exception when no one died. It would be
outstanding if we were able to repeat that result this
weekend - and beyond. That will mean fewer crosses marking
our roadsides, fewer families grieving and fewer New
Zealanders left with life-altering injuries."
Auckland police advised drivers heading north to consider
taking State Highway 16 to avoid delays on State Highway 1,
particularly tomorrow [Thursday] night, and when returning
after Easter and Anzac weekend.
Northland police said every stopped driver would be breath
tested during the weekend, in an effort to repeat last year's
result of no fatal crashes in the region.
ACC is supporting the police speed enforcement effort, which
includes an advertising campaign reminding drivers to slow
ACC Chief Executive Scott Pickering said last year ACC
received about 80 claims a day over Easter from road crashes.
"We know that the faster you go, the worse your injuries will
be if you crash, so I urge all Kiwis to stick to a safe speed
and drive to the conditions over the ten days of Easter and
Anzac Day this year."
Police are encouraging motorists to plan their trip and
ensure they are well rested before travelling. Those in large
centres should also prepare for traffic congestion and
delays, and those towing or driving a heavy vehicle should
pull over regularly to let others pass.