Nelson Bays Police are urging people to remain vigilant when driving on the region’s roads following a spate of serious crashes.
Area Commander Inspector Paul Borrell said the Nelson and Tasman community is hurting following the recent deaths of a motorcyclist and a cyclist in crashes over the past fortnight.
“Nationally the number of people killed on the roads in recent weeks has been a tragedy for us all and a timely reminder to exercise vigilance, courtesy, patience and to avoid fatigue when using our roads.
"This is even more of a concern as we head into the Easter school holidays and the winter months.”
New Zealand Police is absolutely committed to people getting through their journeys safely and makes no apologies for their strong focus on behaviours that impact on road safety.
The most common factors which contribute to deaths and serious injuries on the roads are speed too great for the conditions, vehicle occupants not being properly restrained in seat belts or child car seats, any distractions such as using cell phones whilst driving, and the impairment effects of alcohol, drugs or fatigue.
“Current indications are that a significant number of serious injury and fatal crashes involve distraction, often the use of cell phones, therefore causes that are entirely preventable,” Inspector Borrell said.
Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese says the number of serious accidents lately has been devastating for many in our community.
“It’s been a dreadful few weeks on our nation’s roads and sadly the Nelson region is no exception.
"I implore all road users to be focused and patient, and to plan trips with plenty of time to reach your destination.
"It is our duty to concentrate and be attentive to ensure we all stay safe,” she said.
NZ Transport Agency Director of Safety and Environment Harry Wilson says the deaths and injuries sustained in crashes have a huge impact on communities.
“Every death or serious injury is a tragedy, affecting people for years to come.
“We know people can mistakes when they’re driving, which is why it’s so important that we all do the simple things to lessen the impact of those mistakes," Mr Wilson says.
In preparation for the changing weather conditions at this time of year, Inspector Borrell advises owners to check their vehicles to ensure they are winter-ready with appropriate tyres and well-maintained brakes.
He also urges motorists to be especially careful and vigilant when approaching cyclists who are extremely vulnerable to injury when involved in collisions.
“It’s crucial cyclists wear high visibility clothing and have appropriate lighting as the days grow shorter,” he said.
Police patrols will be especially visible on the roads and highways across Nelson Bays over the coming weeks, with a specific focus on restraints, impairment, distraction and speed.
Traffic checkpoints are also planned for alcohol breath screening of all drivers stopped.
Reduced speed enforcement thresholds for speed cameras will be applied over the official Easter holiday period as a proven, effective tactic to reduce high speed and injury.
Issued by Police Media Centre