Labour Weekend roads: No fatalities in Western Bay

Police at the scene of a minor crash in Welcome Bay during Labour Weekend. Photo: Cameron Avery.

Motorists in the Western Bay of Plenty concluded the long weekend without any fatalities to add to the nation's holiday road toll.

A total of five people were killed across the country this Labour Day Weekend, which included fatal crashes in Southland, Auckland, Whangarei and Waikato.

Western Bay of Plenty area response manager Senior Sergeant Mark Pakes says he’s pleased to see there were no fatal crashes in the Western Bay of Plenty.

“This year the focus was on sharing the road - encouraging drivers to keep themselves and others safe by paying attention to their driving and their surroundings," he says.. 

“This advice applies at all times, not just long weekends.”   

Despite this, a number of minor crashes were reported throughout the weekend, including a two car crash in Welcome Bay, a rolled car near Kutarere, a two car crash near Poike Road and multiple motorcycle crashes.

Mark says the crashes highlight a need for drivers to improve their behaviour.

“The roads around Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Pukehina were very busy and, at times, driver behaviour was a little disappointing," he says.

“While I’m sure everyone was in a hurry to get to the beach, safety should always remain paramount. 

“This means watching your following distances, being patient and avoiding any distractions, such as cell phones.

“Police want everyone to make it to their destination safely, always.”

Last year there were five deaths and 76 reported injuries on the roads over Labour Weekend.

The Labour Day weekend road toll officially began at 4pm on Friday and ended at 6am on Tuesday.

In 2016, three people died in crashes during the same holiday period, while five people died in 2015.

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