Attributable to Central Otago Area Response Manager Senior Sergeant Clinton Wright
Otago Police are urging motorists to take extra care this weekend on the region’s potentially icy roads.
This Queen’s Birthday weekend, like all other long weekends in and around Central Otago and the wider Queenstown Lakes Area, there will be an influx of people driving in and around our roads and highways.
With the increased volume of traffic expected leading into this weekend, Police would like to remind everyone that driving to the conditions is paramount.
If the weather is bad and your travel can’t be put off, allow extra time for your journey. Plan to drive in the middle of the day or in daylight hours, when visibility is better and ice and snow are less likely to be on the road. Avoid driving at night, when hazards rapidly multiply.
When you’re on a wet, icy, or snowy road, it’s important not to brake suddenly or to accelerate quickly, as you could aquaplane or skid.
In these situations, more than ever, driving to the conditions is crucial.
With the Brass Monkey rally motorcycle event taking place in the Ida Valley this weekend, Otago Police want to remind the participants to be even more careful on two wheels.
And for other motorists; there will be a large number of motorcycles on the highways, please keep an eye on your surroundings and if passing, double check you mirrors and blind spots.
Police will be out in force, expect to be stopped for impairment testing. Do not drink and drive.
We all need to work together to ensure we all get to and from our destinations safely and to have an awesome long weekend!