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Christmas holiday countdown

Christmas holiday countdown

With just eight days to go until the Christmas holiday period begins, Police are reminding all motorists to remember that the customary 10km speed tolerance will be reduced to 5km for the entire holiday period.

"Speed and alcohol are the key areas Police will be focusing on this year, along with our usual pleas for drivers to exercise planning, patience and preparation," said Superintendent Paula Rose, National Manager - Road Policing.

"We want to do everything we can to make sure that every journey is a safe journey but we also need drivers to play their part as well," she said.

The official holiday period will begin at 1600 hrs on Friday 24 December 2010 1600 and end at 0600 hrs Wednesday 5 January 2010. Police will be out in force over this period and will be targeting drivers detected driving over the 5km/hour tolerance.

During the 2009/2010 Christmas holiday period there were 12 fatal crashes and 291 reported injury crashes. Those crashes resulted in 13 deaths, 67 serious injuries and 342 minor injuries.
The deaths included:
6 drivers
5 passengers
1 motor cycle rider
1 pedestrian

All but one of the 13 deaths and 58% of the injuries were from crashes that occurred on the open road.

A number of passing lanes will be closed to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

"With the high traffic volumes over this period, what we need is for the traffic to travel at uniform speeds to avoid hold-ups and dangerous and irrational overtaking," said Superintendent Rose today.

"We want every one to get home with the minimum of frustration and to make it safely. "

ENDS

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