Police urge patience in Christmas season

JOHN EDENS IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 21/12/2012

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Four people including a toddler escaped injury yesterday in a two-car crash at a busy Frankton intersection.

A black SUV with three passengers, two women and a child, travelling uphill towards Queenstown on State Highway 6 was struck by a Volkswagen turning right on the Frankton-Miles Highway at 9.45am.

Sergeant Kate Pirovano, of Queenstown, said the male driver of the VW was uninjured and the woman and toddler were taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

Motorists were encouraged to be patient as Queenstown ramps up for the busy holiday season, she said.

"It's such a high density of traffic here. People need to be more patient, it's that time of year.

"There's a turning bay, you have to be careful as people are travelling pretty quickly."

The intersection is in an 80kmh zone and the New Zealand Transport Agency plans to build a $3 million roundabout to reduce accidents and improve safety.

Agency area manager John Jarvis said the speed limit was reduced to 80kmh in 2007 and 11 crashes had been reported in the last five years.

One of the crashes involved injuries and improvements including a merging lane were added.

"The frequency of crashes has dropped and the severity of crashes has dropped off but it's still problematic and it's so busy."

He said the plan for a new roundabout needed sign-off on purchase deals from landowners but he hoped construction would start by next Christmas.

Motorists need to be patient at the intersection, he said.

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