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Canterbury Police in Easter Driving Blitz

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Canterbury Police in Easter Driving Blitz

Canterbury Police will be out in force this Easter weekend on all of the main state highway holiday routes enforcing speed, seat-belts, unsafe passing and other trauma promoting offences.

"The Easter weekend holiday period runs from 4.00pm Thursday 1 April until 6.00am Tuesday 6 April and has traditionally resulted in a relatively high number of crashes resulting in serious injury or death", says Inspector Al Stewart, Canterbury Road Policing Manager.

Over Easter weekend 2009 there were 6 fatal crashes and 125 reported injury crashes nationally. These crashes resulted in 7 deaths, 31 serious injuries and 160 minor injuries. About half of the fatal crashes occurred on the open road. One of the fatalities occurred in Canterbury after a motorcycle rider crashed on State Highway 75 descending from Hilltop to Cooptown.

"With 'Warbirds Over Wanaka' this Easter there will be higher than normal traffic volumes on the State Highways as visitors make their way through Canterbury, to and from Central Otago throughout the weekend. We are asking drivers to be patient with other road users, ensure they plan their trip and get plenty of rest, breaking the journey up where possible', says Stewart.

The use of headlights throughout the trip greatly enhances visibility, especially in adverse weather conditions which are likely at this time of year. As always, slower drivers and those towing trailers and caravans, are urged to closely watch their mirrors and to pull over when they can safely do so, to allow following traffic to pass.

"Please make sure that both you and your vehicle are in good condition for the long trip and be courteous and safe on the roads. Look after your mates and family, don't let a moment of frustration on the roads lead to a bad decision and arrive at your destination safely," says Stewart.

Extra info:

Forty-three percent of crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road, 23% were intersection collisions, 17% were rear end crashes or collisions with obstructions (such as parked vehicles), 6% were head-on collisions, 3% involved collisions with pedestrians, 3% were overtaking crashes and another 5% were manoeuvring.

Drivers losing control (34% of crashes), inattention (25%), alcohol (22%), failing to give way (21%) and travelling too fast for conditions (19%) were the most common driver factors contributing to crashes.

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