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New measure to thwart centreline crossers

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Centreline posts are being installed later this week at one of the worst sections for drivers crossing the centreline of State highway 6 (SH6) through the Kawarau Gorge between Cromwell and Queenstown.

The Transport Agency is installing the posts along a 400 metre section of the highway at Crawford’s Hill, located about halfway between Cromwell and Queenstown.

Transport Agency Senior Network Manager John Jarvis, says, “drivers cutting corners and veering over the centre  has been an on-going issue along the narrow and twisty Kawarau Gorge section of SH6 , with Crawford’s Hill a particular ‘Hotspot’ for this  type of offending.”

“The centreline posts costing $4,000, are a practical measure to keep drivers on the correct side of the road. This along with continuing Police enforcement, should reduce of the risk of ‘Centreline’ crossing on what is a challenging section of road that demands the undivided attention of drivers.”

Acting Southern District Road Policing Manager, Senior Sergeant Steve Larking, says, “installing the centreline posts is an initiative that is likely to make this section of SH6 safer.”

"This is a stretch of highway that police regularly carry out enforcement on and an area where there is an increased number of drivers who cross the centreline. We hope that this initiative will help to make this patch of road safer for all road users."

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For more information please contact:

John Jarvis
Senior Network Manager
NZ Transport Agency

T: 03 955 2927
M: 027 4359 567
E: john.jarvis@nzta.govt.nz
W: www.nzta.govt.nz

The NZ Transport Agency works to create transport solutions for all New Zealanders - from helping new drivers earn their licences, to leading safety campaigns to investing in public transport, state highways and local roads.

 

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