The government is urging New Zealanders to keep safety in mind when traveling this long weekend.
“Helping to bring Kiwis home safely this weekend involves safe roads, safe vehicles, safe speeds and, above all, drivers who make smart decisions on the road,” said the Minister for Transport. Michael Wood.
“Across the millions of miles driven by New Zealanders over the long weekend, drivers will either make mistakes or suffer the consequences. While bad calls can happen, death and serious injury are not inevitable, and they are not something we should accept as a price to pay simply for using our roads.
“As a government, we are investing heavily in improving road safety across the country, installing median barriers, roundabouts for dangerous intersections, re-engineering sections of roads and other road improvements. security. We’re also working to weed out dangerous vehicles and making sure we have speed limits in place for each road, but we need drivers to play their part.
“On average, one person is killed every day on New Zealand’s roads and seven others are seriously injured. We need to stop accepting that deaths on our roads are inevitable. Each death is a person who leaves behind a family, a job, a community. They are not simply a toll we pay when we decide to turn the key. Together, we must work to change our long-held attitudes about driving.
“Every New Zealander has a role to play in protecting each other this weekend, whether you are driving, riding or riding a bicycle,” said Police Minister Poto Williams.
“Police will be out in force on New Zealand roads over the long weekend. While speed is a priority area, they will also target impaired drivers and distracted drivers.
“Our front line will continue to remain visible, continually changing deployment locations and covering all parts of our road network.
“Drivers must take their time, be courteous and respect the rules of the road, they are there to ensure the safety of all of us.
“Anyone who witnesses dangerous behavior should report it to the police, and any driver can expect to be arrested if they do not drive safely.
“We are also entering the winter months, so we will have our Waka Kotahi road maintenance crews to respond to changing conditions, and drivers need to do the same.
“Our government is doing everything it can to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads, but it has to be a shared community effort. We will all have to get to zero,” says Poto Williams.