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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

With Labour Weekend fast approaching, Southern District Police are looking ahead and putting plans in place to make sure southern roads are safe with the increased long weekend traffic.

Southern District Prevention Manager, Inspector Matt Scoles, is urging motorists to play their part too.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and Labour Weekend is a very busy time for our roads, so people should expect traffic,” says Inspector Scoles.

“We’re urging people to keep calm and be patient. How you behave on the road impacts everyone around you.

“Speeding, distractions, and bad-decision making on the road can have devastating consequences. We want everyone to enjoy their long weekend and return home safely, that’s why it’s so important to slow down, phone down, buckle up, and drive sober.”

Motorists can expect a concerted effort by Southern District Police to keep the roads safe, with increased presence and visibility planned over the upcoming holiday weekend.

There will be checkpoints across the district anytime, anywhere, targeting and preventing unsafe behaviour.

“We can’t be everywhere 24/7, but we will be putting extra effort into deterring unsafe behaviour.”

Motorists can also play their part by reporting unsafe driving they witness on their travels – If you see any dangerous driving behaviour or immediate risks on the road when you are travelling please call 111 and report it to Police.

Otherwise, if you witness inconsiderate driving, or want to report a non-life threatening driving incident, call 105 or go online


Issued by Police Media Centre