Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Safe driving urged for long weekend in Canterbury

Safe driving urged for long weekend in Canterbury

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 5:23pm

Canterbury

Holiday-makers hitting the road in Canterbury tomorrow [Friday] afternoon are being urged to drive carefully and ensure a safe start to the long weekend.

Senior Sergeant Phil Newton, of Canterbury Highway Patrol, says long trips, heavy traffic, cold conditions and alcohol all combine to raise the risk of crashes during Queen's Birthday weekend.

"Traditionally we see a lot of traffic on the roads at the start of the weekend," he says. "In Canterbury we are aiming to have a fatality-free Friday - and to maintain that right through the long weekend.

"We're urging drivers to make sure they are driving to the conditions and increasing following distances, particularly if they strike poor weather or heavy traffic this weekend."

Nationally, Police are encouraging motorists to 'make it to Monday' by observing three key road safety points - wearing seat belts, driving at safe speeds and not drinking and driving.

Although there were no fatalities in Canterbury last Queen's Birthday Weekend, over the past six years there have been three fatal crashes, 10 serious injury crashes, 43 minor injury crashes and 108 non-injury crashes. These resulted in three fatalities, 11 serious injuries and 50 minor injuries.

All three of the fatal crashes occurred on urban roads, between 6pm and 2.30am and all were alcohol-related, Senior Sergeant Newton says.

The Queen's Birthday weekend holiday period officially starts at 4pm on Friday [30 May] and ends at 6am on Tuesday [3 June].

As part of the weekend's road policing focus, Police will be again strictly enforcing a reduced 4km/h speed threshold from 4pm on Friday until 6am on Tuesday, with a highly visible presence on the nation's roads.

Every driver stopped can also be expected to be breath tested, with Police having little tolerance for anyone not wearing a safety belt, driving dangerously or in a way that puts other innocent road users at risk.

Those towing or driving more slowly are also encouraged to pull over where safe to allow others to pass so traffic does not build up behind and cause additional frustration.

Senior Sergeant Newton says long trips to holiday destinations can raise the risk of fatigue, and drivers should make sure they stop regularly to take a rest.

"There are also a number of major events on around the district this weekend which may also contribute to traffic volumes," he says. "These include the Brass Monkey Rally in Central Otago throughout the weekend, and the Christchurch Airport Marathon on Saturday.

"We ask all drivers to be patient, consider other drivers and allow plenty of time for your journeys."

It's not just holiday drivers that need to take care this weekend. Crash risks also increase in towns and cities during the long weekend - with alcohol being a contributing factor.

Analysis of Canterbury crashes over the past six years shows that the leading cause of crashes was poor observation (37 percent of crashes), followed by poor handling (29 percent) and failing to giveway or stop (27 percent).

23 percent of crashes occurred while cornering, and 13 percent occurred through loss of control on a straight road.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog
More RSS News Alerts