Patience urged during road safety week

17:00, May 19 2014

Driving is not a right, it's an honour that needs to be respected, one Taranaki road cop says.

Yesterday marked the start of Road Safety week and the message in Taranaki is all about courtesy and tolerance.

Five people have already died on the regions's roads this year. Three of those were this month.

Sergeant George White said nose-to-tail crashes were the biggest problem in Taranaki.

"People are just following too close, they need to give people more room," he said.

"They think they have the right to drive however they want, but it's not a right it's an honour."

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Road Safety Taranaki coordinator Marion Webby said she would like people to apply the golden rule to their driving.

"When you go out to drive treat every other person like they were someone close to you," she said.

"It could be your mother, your nana, or your daughter. If people thought that way they might hesitate before having a beer and driving or before rushing out at intersections."

Webby said speed was a factor in most crashes, even when the driver wasn't speeding.

"People need to drive to the conditions," she said.

"Everyone is happy for you to arrive five minutes late than not at all."

White, who is the supervisor for road policing in New Plymouth, said all road users need to be a little more courteous.

"Don't be selfish," he said.

Taranaki Daily News