Tauranga MP Simon Bridges is urging motorists to take care on the roads this Queen’s Birthday weekend.
The Associate Transport Minister says holiday weekends can be a dangerous time on New Zealand Roads.
More vehicles are on the road during holiday weekends.
“There is more traffic, people drive longer distances and there are real dangers from fatigue.
“As people try to pack a lot into their weekend, drivers often do not take proper breaks or get enough sleep.”
Only one fatality was recorded on Queen’s Birthday weekend last year, however, 107 people were injured and 15 of those were serious injuries.
Losing control, alcohol and inattention were the three most common factors contributing to the crashes.
“With winter on its way, let’s stay focused, drive to the conditions and be aware of the risks.”
Police will be out in force and will again be enforcing reduced speed tolerances of no more than 4km/h over all permanently posted speed limits.
“Let’s have another holiday weekend like Easter 2012, without a fatality,” says Simon.
Queen’s Birthday weekend 2012 officially started at 4pm on Friday and ends at 6am on Tuesday, June 5