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Protect each other on the road this Easter

Police and Waka Kotahi are asking drivers to slow down and be patient on Easter.

“Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone got to their destination on the road during this vacation without incident or injury? And most importantly, alive,” asks Superintendent Steve Greally, director of the National Road Policing Center.

“That should be the norm and something we expect. That’s what Road to Zero is – a vision without death on the road.

“And it will take all of us – the police, our partners like Waka Kotahi, and every driver and conductor every time they are on the road.

“Our safety messages remain the same; slow down – take your time and take breaks, wear your seatbelt, don’t drive while impaired by drugs, alcohol or fatigue, and never drive distracted – stay focused on the road.

“It’s important that people don’t get complacent while driving. The point is that you are driving a one and a half ton vehicle at a relatively high speed. And the consequences of this can be devastating, it can mean a lot of pain and heartache. It’s just not worth it.

Waka Kotahi Ground Transportation Manager Kane Patena said roads are expected to be very busy over the long weekend and motorists are encouraged to visit the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website – www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz – before they travel to get real-time travel information and updates on delays, works and road closures.

“Some traffic jams and delays are unavoidable during rush hour, but if everyone allows enough time for their journey, meets the conditions and plans before leaving home, there will be less frustration and everyone can concentrate to arrive safely at their destination,” says Patena.

“Allow enough time. You are on vacation, no need to rush. Everyone deserves to arrive at their destination safely on our roads. We all make mistakes while driving, but simple mistakes shouldn’t result in death or serious injury.

ENDS

Posted by Police Media Center

Protect each other on the road this Easter

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