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Labour Weekend provisional road toll at eight

There were six crashes that resulted in eight deaths this Labour Weekend, according to statistics from the Ministry of Transport. Photo: RNZ.

 

A total of eight people have died from six crashes on New Zealand roads this Labour Weekend, according to provisional figures from the Ministry of Transport.

The 2021 road toll is the same total as last year.

The official Labour day Weekend holiday period for 2021 began at 4pm on Friday, October 22, and ended at 6am on Tuesday, October 26.

“While our investigators work to understand how these crashes occurred, preliminary information tells us alcohol, speed, no seatbelts, distractions and poor decisions are likely to feature, and the consequences have proved to be devastating,” says Superintendent Steve Greally, Director of the National Road Policing Centre.

“It’s already been a horrific holiday weekend on the country’s roads and a number of families have been changed forever.”

Steve says any number of deaths is too many.

With people returning to work today and some holiday stragglers expected to be on the roads, Steve urges people to keep calm and be patient on the road.

“Police can’t be everywhere all of the time. Drivers need to take responsibility for their actions when operating a vehicle and focus on getting everybody in their vehicle to their destination safely.

“Plan ahead, watch your speed and following distances, pay attention to the conditions, stop and take a break if you’re feeling fatigued, and allow plenty of time for a safe trip home”

 

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