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Take care on the roads this Easter, says LTSA

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The Land Transport Safety Authority is urging motorists to take care while driving over the Easter holiday period.

Director of Land Transport Safety Reg Barrett said today that with the likelihood of extra traffic on the open road over the holiday period, motorists should keep their speed down, respect following distances and allow extra time to get to and from their destination.

Slower drivers and motorists towing caravans and trailers should also make sure they keep to the left side of the road and give other traffic the opportunity to pass safely.

“If you are going on holiday it is better to arrive safely than not arrive at all,” Mr Barrett said.

Last Easter seven people were killed on New Zealand roads. Five of the seven fatal crashes and 56 per cent of the injury crashes happened on the open road. Speed and alcohol were the two most significant factors contributing to crashes(25 and 24 per cent respectively).

Mr Barrett said that motorists needed to take responsibility for themselves, their passengers and other road users including cyclists and pedestrians.

“All children under five must be properly restrained by an approved child restraint when travelling in a car or a van. Don’t carry a child on your knee in a vehicle unless you want to be part of an Easter tragedy.

“If you care for your passengers, make sure they buckle up. If you care at all for anyone don’t drive if you have been drinking and don’t speed.

“Police will be out in force so if you drink then drive you can expect to be caught. Motorists should ensure that the vehicle they are driving has had a recent safety check and that tyres are all in good condition and of even pressure,” Mr Barrett said.

“Ten minutes spent checking that your car is in good condition can save you a lifetime of anguish if the vehicle lets you down in a crash.”

Drivers are also reminded not to forget their driver licence while on holiday. Anyone caught driving without having their licence with them is liable for a $55.00 instant fine. Anyone caught driving without a valid driver licence is liable for a $400 fine.

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