Slow down, stay back and keep safe

Constable Dave Bullot hands an ice scraper and free coffee to motorist Rachel Ovens at BP Connect...
Constable Dave Bullot hands an ice scraper and free coffee to motorist Rachel Ovens at BP Connect Southern yesterday, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about winter driving. Photo by Jane Dawber.
Motorists can defrost inside as well as out, thanks to a new campaign by police.

Dunedin/Clutha Police launched "Operation Frosty" this week, which aimed to promote a safe driving message for motorists in winter conditions, tactical co-ordinator Acting Senior Sergeant Chris McLellan said.

Along with road policing partners Dunedin City Council, ACC and NZTA, police have hundreds of ice scrapers and free hot drink vouchers from the BP Connect Southern, in Cumberland St, to give away.

Sgt McLellan said the promotion would be aimed at early-morning motorists and would remind them of the key messages when driving in winter, such as watching their speed and following distances.

"We want people to have a safe journey ... and are trying to deliver the message in a different way."

In recent weeks, motorists had been caught out by black ice, with hill suburbs particularly prone, he said.

Police would also speak to any motorists driving with iced-over windows, but stressed the campaign was about "education not enforcement".

Southern District acting road policing manager Senior Sergeant Steve Larking said with snow forecast to low levels, it was a timely reminder for motorists to adapt their driving habits.

"We remind people to get the latest information about road closures and the condition of driving routes from NZTA or their local council and to plan their journeys according to the weather and road conditions," he said.



Driving tips for winter


• Drive at a safe speed for the conditions.

• Avoid braking heavily in icy conditions.

• Allow extra time for your journey.

• Increase following distances.

• Before you set out, make sure your windscreen is clear, check tyres, brakes and lights.

• Be prepared with warm clothes in the car, food; have cellphone fully charged.

• Carry chains if advised by your local council.


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