Police ask motorists to stay safe on our roads
New Zealand Police are asking motorists to take extra care on our roads after nine people were tragically killed today.
This includes five fatalities in one crash in Taupo this morning.
This horrific crash and two other fatal crashes this morning takes the number of people killed on our roads in the last eight days, to 20.
Any death on the road is one too many death impacts so many people including family, friends and colleagues.
“We are committed to reducing death and injury on our roads, and we work alongside our road safety partners to do this,” says Assistant Commissioner Sandra Venables.
“But we cannot do it alone, we need everyone’s help to keep our roads safe.
“Remember, decisions you make as a driver impact not only on you, but on everybody else on the road.
“You have a responsibility to yourself, your passengers, and other road users to drive safely.
“Road safety is something we all have to take responsibility for,” says Sandra.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families/whanau, friends and communities affected by these tragic events,” says NZ Transport Agency director of safety and environment, Harry Wilson.
“Every road tragedy has a ripple effect out into our communities, our workplaces and of course within families.
“With the Easter holiday period approaching, we are asking everyone to remember to plan ahead, take regular breaks, and to stay safe on our roads,” says Harry.
To all road users – please take care on the roads.
Drive to the conditions, wear your seatbelt, don’t drive tired or after drinking or taking drugs, and put your cellphone away.