Sweet deal if motorists take breaks

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 11:25 10/01/2014

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Police plan to use chocolate treats to get tired drivers to take a break.

The treats will be offered as part of an operation that kicked off on Wednesday targeting drivers on state highways in the Tasman district, which includes Marlborough, Nelson Bays and the West Coast.

Drivers can also expect breath-testing and a licence check.

Operation Alert is part of a national safer-summer campaign focusing on battling driver-fatigue. Drivers are urged to take breaks during long journeys and to not drive when exhausted.

A lower speed tolerance would also be enforced during the campaign. Anyone driving more than 4kmh over the speed limit will face an infringement notice.

Tasman police district road policing team leader Senior Sergeant Grant Andrews said police would be stepping up patrols and checkpoints on state highways from Kaikoura to Haast.

Holidaymakers travelling in and out of the Tasman district were often covering long distances. It was important drivers took breaks during the journey to avoid fatigue, Mr Andrews said.

"When you combine a tired driver with speed and any other distractions, you immediately have a lethal mix," he said.

"We want people to get to and from their holiday safely, and we're hoping that, by being highly visible on the roads, people will think about their driving."

The operation runs until January 26.

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- The Marlborough Express

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