Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is encouraging drivers heading away for Queen’s Birthday Weekend in the Auckland and Northland region to take care and be prepared for heavy traffic, delays and changeable weather.
After the COVID-19 restrictions keeping people close to home for the last couple of months, Queen's Birthday is a last chance for a long weekend away before winter sets in. We could be in for a very busy weekend on the roads,” says Auckland Operations Manager Rua Pani.
“Metservice is forecasting rain for Auckland and Northland - not enough to break the drought in the north or to solve Auckland’s water shortage, but enough for drivers to need to take care, drive to the conditions, and be patient on the roads.”
“It may have been some time since people last drove a significant distance, so it’s important they check their vehicles are safe and roadworthy and that they be fully prepared for the journey. That means leaving more time for their travel, checking the road conditions before they leave and driving to the conditions once on the road.”
“Make sure everyone has their seatbelts on, remove distractions and stay focused on driving, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking or are tired; and drive at a safe speed for the conditions.”
“We want people to arrive safely at their destinations and get home again without incident.”
Last Queen’s Birthday Weekend, there were 6 fatal crashes and 115 reported injury crashes across the country, with nearly 40% of crashes involving single vehicles where drivers lost control or ran off the road.
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