Police out in force to drive home safety benefits

Police will be out in force today in an operation aimed at reducing fatalities and serious injuries on southern roads.

Figures up to July 2013 show that across Otago and Southland, southern police attended 2724 road crashes during the previous year. Nineteen people died as a result of 18 of these crashes.

The district-wide road policing operation stretching from Bluff in the south to the Waitaki River in the north will involve staff from general duties, youth, community and the criminal investigations branch.

Acting Southern District Road Policing manager Senior Sergeant Steve Larking said Operation Safer Southern aimed to raise awareness that road safety was everyone's responsibility.

"This major operation is an opportunity to raise awareness amongst our communities that good driving behaviour is something we all need to practise and be aware of if we are to reduce the number of people being injured and dying as a result of road crashes. Operation Safer Southern highlights our commitment to reducing road trauma in our patch, and it's likely further similar operations will be held in the future," he said.

As part of the operation police would target driving behaviour at intersections, use of safety belts, cell phone use, speed and drink and drug driving. All drivers stopped would be breath tested, Larking said.

In some areas of Southern District, Operation Safer Southern would continue throughout the weekend as police targeted driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 


The Southland Times