The death of two young people in a shearing-van crash two years ago hastened plans to introduce best-practice travel guidelines for people involved in the shearing industry, a Coroners Court hearing in Alexandra was told yesterday.
Someone could have died when a car using a skinny space-saver wheel raced another at speeds of up to 151kmh on Dunedin's Southern Motorway, police said yesterday.
Police intend to ratchet up the pressure on drivers who cross the centre line after a disappointingly high catch during a Labour Weekend sting.
An unusual abundance of orange road cones in Alexandra's town centre is proving irresistible to late-night revellers, who have unhelpfully been rearranging them.
The young woman killed in a head-on crash near Mataura at the weekend was a University of Otago student with a bright future.
A Dunedin motorcyclist became the eighth holiday road fatality after colliding with a car near Clinton yesterday.
The Labour Weekend road toll last night stood at seven after a fatal single vehicle crash near Westport.
Dozens of Dunedin motorists were nabbed for speeding past schools as part of a week-long operation, which has been dubbed a resounding success.
Police are urging motorists to remain vigilant as wintry conditions persist following a weekend of vehicle crashes around Queenstown.
Whenever Jess McMillan rides Johnny on the roads around Mosgiel, her mother is never far behind in the car, following with hazard lights blinking.
A woman injured in a two-car crash which closed State Highway 1 is prepared for transfer (right) from an ambulance to the Otago Regional Rescue helicopter yesterday just north of Big Kuri Creek at Hampden.
Tail-gating drivers could be fined $150 as part of a police operation aimed at reducing crashes on Otago and Southland roads.
A curve and a shop entrance that have figured in nine crashes in a decade will be smoothed and removed in what could be a $5 million job on the highway north of Dunedin.
A community road safety adviser and police have praised plans for a safety upgrade of Centennial Ave in Alexandra.
A crash at Glenavy in which a Waimate teenager died has prompted residents to call for the state highway 100kmh speed limit to be lowered to 70kmh as far south as Waitaki Bridge village.
Police and Downer EDI Works contractors in Queenstown were kept busy yesterday morning as treacherous black ice quickly formed on State Highway 6 between Arrowtown and Frankton.
A new safety rating system for state highways will provide important information for drivers, Transport Minister Steven Joyce says.
Icy conditions are likely to again prove treacherous for motorists and pedestrians in Queenstown today, police say, after yesterday's surprise early-morning snowfall caused havoc in the resort.
About 10cm of snow closed roads and stranded motorists in the Omarama-Twizel area yesterday.
The Waitaki District Council will discuss the issue of State Highway 1 at Big Kuri Creek, just north of Hampden, and at Richmond-Hilderthorpe - both sections of road closed recently due to flooding - with the New Zealand Transport Agency.