Speed and wet conditions are believed to be factors in a
road crash that cost a 27-year-old Auckland woman her life
yesterday. Photo NZ Herald
Basic precautions are needed to reduce the road toll, the
country's acting top road cop says following the highest Easter
road toll in three years.
Four people died in crashes this Easter weekend, the highest
number of road deaths for the period in three years. Last
Easter, three people died. There were no deaths in the same
period in 2012.
Acting national road policing manager Inspector Nic Brown
said the deaths this year were tragic and disappointing.
"Sadly, it's still the simple things that are seeing too many
people killed and injured. We ask everyone to do their bit by
slowing down, wearing their seatbelt, staying off the booze
and driving to the road and weather conditions...It's basic
Police would be maintaining a highly visible presence on the
roads for the remaining week as many holidaymakers continued
to enjoy a 10-day extended Easter and Anzac Day break.
A reduced 4km/h speed threshold would be strictly enforced
through until 6am next Monday, Mr Brown said.
Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse said the toll
proved a reminder for motorists to take care on the road.
"It is important that we remain vigilant on the roads all
year long. Already this year more than 80 families have lost
loved ones due to road crashes, and many more are dealing
with the consequences of serious injuries."
The first fatality was on Thursday at 5.20pm when a
44-year-old female driver from Twizel died following a crash
on the Fairlie-Tekapo Road in South Canterbury.
Her vehicle was travelling along State Highway 8 from Fairlie
towards Tekapo and appeared to have lost control, left the
road and hit a tree, police said.
Speed, the vehicle's poor condition and bad weather were
contributing factors, police said.
The driver was not believed to have been wearing a seatbelt.
Shortly afterwards, 40-year-old Alofaifo Afaese, of
Helensville, died instantly when the Mitsubishi Pajero in
which she was travelling with her husband and two of their
children was involved in a head-on collision with a Subaru on
State Highway 16 west of Kumeu.
On Friday about 3.15am, Alan Hammond, 80, of Ashburton was
struck by a vehicle on the Hinds-Rangitata Highway, about 5km
south of Hinds, South Canterbury.
He died as a result his injuries.
Speed and wet conditions are believed to be factors in a road
crash that cost a 27-year-old Auckland woman her life about
Lysette Michelle Brown, from Whenuapai, was driving north on
the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway northwest of Auckland when
her vehicle collided with a truck travelling in the opposite
The collision occurred near a bend in wet conditions, and the
impact seriously damaged the side of Ms Brown's vehicle.