Plan ahead to stay safe on Eastern Bay roads this long weekend - Police

Be sensible and get to your end destination safely.

That's the word from Whakatane Police ahead of the Easter Weekend Break.

Road Policing Unit Head Sergeant Ray Wylie says this year's unique alignment of public holidays means many people will be taking extended time off -- which could mean more people on our roads.

As a result an Easter road campaign begins today at 4pm, running through until Tuesday morning.

He says the campaign will target things such as speed, seatbelts, distracted drivers, and alcohol.

“There will be extra police out patrolling our highways and urban areas.

“The speed cameras will be set at a threshold of four kilometers and over the speed limit, so anyone who is detected by the area’s posted speed limit travelling over this threshold will be ticketed.

“In addition you should also be wearing your restraints. From what we’ve already seen across other campaigns across the Eastern Bay in recent weeks - there have been some pretty poor outcomes.”

He says a total of 51 drivers were unstrained, with a further 12 people caught operating a cellphone behind the wheel.

Wylie says drink driving on the other hand will not be tolerated.

"If you're not sure and you're in doubt about whether you're safe to drive after you've been drinking just don't -- it's quite simple."

Sam Gardner