Drivers urged to aim for high marks in holidays
"The kids may have a break from classes but parents and other motorists need to keep their concentration up and remember their safe driving lessons: buckle everyone up, keep your speed down and don't drink then drive," Director of Land Transport Safety Reg Barrett said today.
"With spring here and daylight-saving beginning soon, a lot of people will be packing up the car and heading off for a holiday with the family. I'm asking everyone to set a good example and behave sensibly on the roads."
Mr Barrett reminded drivers to keep an eye out for young cyclists and pedestrians during the holidays. "Children will be out and about at times they would otherwise be at school. It's vital that people keep their guard up and their eyes open."
Mr Barrett said that while the road toll was down overall this year - to 336 from 376 at the same time last year - he was concerned at an increase in the number of children killed.
"Already this year 34 children under the age of 15 have lost their lives on our roads. That's 12 more than at this time last year. It's a terrible waste of young lives, and we've got to do better.
"Ultimately it's up to adults to do what's needed to prevent these tragedies. That means driving responsibly, keeping an eye out for youngsters on the road and making sure that all children are properly restrained when they travel.
"The children have earned their holiday. Let's help them enjoy it safely."