Foss urges motorists to take care on roads this long weekend

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MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Take care on roads this long weekend

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is reminding all road users to take extra care travelling over Queen’s Birthday weekend.

“This week we’ve had our first blast of wintry weather — a timely reminder to drive to the conditions,” Mr Foss says.

“Rain, snow and ice can make the road a treacherous place.  As always, I urge drivers to take care out there.

“The message remains the same: drive sober, slow down and buckle up.  It could be the difference between life and death.

“Motorcyclists and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable in poor weather.  Motorcyclists should ride at an appropriate speed and, with darker mornings and evenings, pedestrians should make sure they’re visible, particularly when crossing the road.”

The official holiday period for Queen’s Birthday weekend begins at 4pm Friday 29 May and ends at 6am Tuesday 2 June.

More information about the Queen’s Birthday holiday road toll is available on the Ministry of Transport’s website: www.transport.govt.nz/research/roadtoll/holidayroadtollqueensbirthday

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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