Drivers get basics wrong

EMMA HORSLEY
Last updated 12:00 23/10/2012

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People forgetting the basics of driving safety frustrated police during holiday weekend traffic monitoring.

Senior Sergeant Kris Burbery said that on the whole drivers were courteous and respected the rules of the road but a worrying number of people were not wearing seatbelts or were driving too fast.

While there had been no big crashes in the Manawatu district and only an average number of people caught drink driving, some drivers were not getting the message that anti-social driving behaviour could cause crashes and deaths.

"It's a simple fact of driving ABCs and it's frustrating that people are still not getting the basics right."

While the adverse weather was less than hospitable, the wind and rain had a calming effect on many drivers, Mr Burbery said.

"The majority of people were driving to the conditions and lowering their speed. Of course, there are always those people who choose not to."

Traffic jams had been virtually non existent with no big delays, much of which he put down to a new traffic control system in Otaki.

"It's a new system of controlling traffic coming in from side roads and that seems to have had a positive effect on the flow. I think people have chosen not to travel at peak times too, which helps."

While it had been a relatively uneventful weekend in the district, marred only by the death of 45-year-old mother of two Anne Elizabeth McCullough, who was killed while jogging in rural New Plymouth on Saturday, police would like to see no crashes on the road.

Most crashes could be avoided, he said. "They are not accidents they are crashes, people's actions can prevent them happening."

The lower speed tolerance also had an effect, he said.

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