MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Police – Police urge motorists to remain vigilant

The Easter weekend road toll stands at 1 with less than 24 hours to go in the holiday period.

The single fatality occurred on State Highway 8 in Canterbury at around 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

Inspector Pete McKennie said Police are very pleased with the general attitude of New Zealand motorists over the Easter weekend.

“Police have put a huge amount of effort into targeting ‘high-risk’ drivers over the holiday weekend”, Inspector McKennie said.

“We have put a particular emphasis on targeting drunk – and-drug impaired drivers, speedsters and those who do not wear seatbelts or ensure their children are wearing seatbelts.”

“Thankfully the vast majority of New Zealand drivers have taken these messages on board and are playing their part in keeping New Zealand roads safe.”

Inspector McKennie said Police expect high volumes of traffic this afternoon as holiday makers head home.

“Police will have a number of high visibility patrols in place across the country to assist in getting everyone home safely. Please drive carefully, take your time and show courtesy to your fellow drivers.”

The official holiday period ends at 6am on Tuesday morning. The lowest road Easter holiday road toll recorded in New Zealand was in 2012 when there were no fatalities over the Easter long weekend.

Issued by Kevin Sinnott

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