Police to take hands-off position at Tour
Tour of Southland
Tour of Southland race director Bruce Ross is confident the 2012 edition will be safe for riders and the public despite a scaled-down police presence.
It's understood police will take more of a watching brief during this year's race as part of a national policy for events.
That will mean police will operate in the area around the race, without getting involved in hands-on aspects like bringing traffic through the rolling block which exists around the riders.
"I'm very confident. Our traffic management and other officials out the front [of the race] have been briefed about the issues and also the media motorbikes and others are always there to help," Ross said.
"As I understand it [the police] are going out of that role that we have been used to in the past. It's just something we need to ensure that we are covering in the future."
Ross said the Southland public were generally accepting of whatever inconvenience the race caused as it moved around the province.
"There's a great awareness of the event now, but if anyone is travelling in and around the tour, just check the timetables in the Southland Times and the tour website, www.tourofsouthland.com, just to see where the tour is.
We want to avoid any traffic holdups, but they can help us too because the traffic management of an event like this is pretty hectic, as you can imagine.
"The tour will be lit up by numerous vehicles with their orange flashing lights on and also signage. There will also be marshalls in high-visibility vests," Ross said.
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