What are your plans for the long weekend?
The approaching long weekend has prompted a flurry of warnings in the hopes that it will pass by without incident.
Driver speeding tolerance will be reduced to 4kmh by police over the official holiday period, and a driver reviver rest stop will be set up at the Ohakea weigh station on Monday.
Central District road policing manager Inspector Dave White said there were added risks when driving on roads during peak holiday traffic and it was "vital" that motorists drive to the conditions and remain aware at all times.
Central District had some of the most frequently used roads and highways in the North Island and during holiday seasons they could become congested, with long delays for motorists.
He suggested that people check the road and traffic conditions before they leave home.
Both police and Plunket are reminding parents to ensure their children are buckled up when travelling this long weekend, ahead of a law change on November 1.
Plunket's national child safety adviser Sue Campbell said children up to the age of 7 would be required to use child restraints, pushing up the current age of required restraints by two years.
"Children need to be buckled into a car seat every time they are riding in the car, no matter how short the journey. Babies need to be in a car seat from their very first ride."
Labour Weekend will also mark the start of the summer season for surf lifesavers, who will begin patrolling at the country's most popular beaches this weekend.
Patrols won't start up at Himatangi Beach until the end of November, but according to MetService duty forecaster Ian Gall, it doesn't look like we're in for swimming weather anyway.
The same turbulent weather Manawatu had been experiencing for the past few weeks was set to continue, with Saturday expected to be the only fine day of the long weekend, coupled with strong winds.
Rain was expected on Sunday morning, easing to showers later in the day, and Monday would also bring showers and blustery winds.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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