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Operation Sub Zero To Target Drivers

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

With winter fast approaching Taupo Police are reminding motorists about the importance of driving to the conditions as the cooler months promise to bring a mix of rain, snow and ice to all the roads around the Taupo and the South Waikato districts.

Operation Sub Zero, a joint initiative between Taupo Area Police, ACC and the Taupo and South Waikato District Councils was launched to reinforce the message of driving to the conditions; ensuring vehicles are well maintained and taking pro-active safety steps to ensure all motorists reach their destinations safely throughout the winter.

Ice and black ice were responsible for a number of motor vehicle crashes on the roads last year, causing havoc for a number of motorists.

Senior Sergeant Fane Troy of Taupo Police says, "Motorists need to be aware of the changing weather conditions and adjust their driving accordingly."

He says while speed limits are in place around the district, these should only be used as a guide as changing weather conditions can greatly affect the speed at which roads can be travelled on safely.

Senior Sergeant Troy says motorists need to ensure their vehicles are well maintained, ensuring tyres, wiper blades and lights are operating properly.

He is also encouraging people to spend a couple of minutes on those frosty mornings to properly de-ice their windscreens and windows to ensure their visibility is not impaired.

"We don't want to see people looking through a small hole in their windscreens. Obscured vision poses a real danger. Take the extra couple of minutes in the morning and de-ice all windows properly."

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