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Police Urge Safe Driving This ANZAC Weekend

Police are urging motorists to be extra cautious on the roads this ANZAC weekend.


The message comes, following a road toll of 12 over ANZAC weekend last year.


"Before you start your journey, please remember to wear your seatbelt, don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, remove distractions, and slow down," says National Road Policing Centre Director Superintendent Steve Greally.


"This week also got off to a devastating start with seven people losing their lives in serious crashes," Greally says.


"We don’t want anyone else to experience the loss of a loved one from a bad decision on the road,"


Police will focusing on targeting drivers exhibiting dangerous driving behaviours which contribute to serious injuries or deaths on the roads. More officers will be on the road due to the increased levels of traffic over the long weekend.


"Please slow down, take your time, and drive to the conditions," Greally says.


"Before you set off, have something to eat and drink, and make sure you’ve had a good rest the night before,"


"When you get in your car buckle up and put your phone away,"


"While you’re on the road take regular breaks so you stay fresh and alert,"


"Police will be out on the road targeting drivers who put themselves and others at risk,"


"We want to ensure everyone can enjoy their Anzac holiday plans, and return home safely,"


"There will be a lot of traffic on the road so be courteous and keep a safe following distance.

If you are going to drink, don’t drive,"


"Organise a sober driver to pick you up, or use public transport, taxi or a ride-sharing option,"


"Road safety is everyone’s responsibility," Greally says.


Police aim for an ANZAC weekend with no serious crashes on roads across New Zealand.


Police ask for anyone who spots any unsafe driving behaviour, to please report it to Police immediately on 111.


Image: RNZ (123RF).


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