We want everyone to arrive safely at their destination these Easter holidays, so the key message from NZ Transport Agency, New Zealand Police and ACC is to plan ahead and follow the basics of road safety.
This year Easter Monday, Anzac Day and school holidays all fall in the same week, which means it’s likely to be extra busy on our roads, says NZ Transport Agency Acting Director Safety and Environment, Niclas Johansson.
“At any time on our roads, following these simple rules can be the difference between a safe trip or a tragic outcome:
“Congestion and delays are inevitable during holiday periods, so we also want to remind everyone to leave plenty of time for their journey, drive to the conditions and plan ahead before leaving home,’’ Mr Johansson says.
The Transport Agency predicts traffic will be especially heavy on Thursday 18 April and Good Friday 19 April, and then on the return journey on Sunday 28 April.
‘’Last year, we had 387 motor vehicle accident claims over the Easter period, a substantial increase from the previous year of 312,’’ says ACC’s Chief Customer Officer, Emma Powell, ‘’and this year the risk will be higher with busier roads.
“It takes everyone on the road to make it safe and look out for those most vulnerable – such as motorcyclists and young drivers (aged 16-24). Young drivers were injured in almost a third of motor vehicle accidents last Easter, so this group needs to be extra vigilant. Our advice is to be aware of the increased number of vehicles around you as this can create challenging driving conditions and pay extra attention in rural areas, where roads can be more demanding.
“Planning your journey, driving within your own capabilities and adjusting for the driving conditions are key to your own and other road users safety,’’ says Ms Powell.
“During holiday periods when the roads are busier than usual, the risk of drivers making mistakes that result in injuries or deaths increases,” says Inspector Peter McKennie, Manager Operations National Road Policing Centre.
“That’s why everyone needs to pay full attention to the road safety basics over the holiday period.
“Over the holiday period from 4pm Thursday 18 April to 6am Tuesday 23 April – if you're detected by a safe speed camera exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 4 km/h, you will be ticketed.
“Police will be out on the roads doing our bit to keep people safe, but it’s critical that everyone takes responsibility for the safety of themselves and other road users.”
Plan ahead for a safer journey