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Published: 2012-12-20 00:00:00

Motorists are urged to plan their journey before driving on Waikato roads over the summer holiday period to help reduce the risk of crashes.

“Driving on rural Waikato roads can be hazardous so it pays to allow extra time for your journey, keep your speed down and be on the lookout for the unexpected,” said road safety coordinator Monique Haines, of Waikato Regional Council. 

“The Waikato region has the highest number of fatal and serious road crashes in New Zealand and the tragedy is that over the holiday season this toll is likely to increase. 

“But holiday trauma can be reduced if all drivers are alert, courteous and remain calm. 

“It’s crucial that you plan your trip before you turn the key, especially with more vehicles on the road due to the festive season and summer holidays,” Mrs Haines said. 

Stay safe on the roads and reduce your stress by planning ahead:

  • Leave before or after peak travel times.
  • Check out your route before you travel.
  • Allow a little extra time for your journey.
  • Share the driving and take regular breaks.
  • Choose the safest route for your journey. 

The safety message comes from the Waikato Regional Road Safety Education Group just as new billboards are erected on the region’s state highways. 

The Waikato Regional Road Safety Education Group is led by Waikato Regional Council, working in conjunction with other regional safety stakeholders including the NZTA, NZ Police, ACC and councils. 

Visit www.reducetherisk.co.nz for campaign messages, resources, road safety tips and tools, online competitions and helpful web links.