Crash 'hot spots' revealed

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 14:31 21/12/2012

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Police have identified three dangerous "crash hot spots" around Canterbury as they warn motorists to drive carefully over the holidays.

Figures released by police today show that in Canterbury during the last Christmas-New Year period there were four fatal crashes and 37 injury crashes.

These resulted in four fatalities, nine serious injuries and 40 minor injuries.

Police identified three "crash hot spots" - places that saw three or more crashes over the past five holiday periods.

These were State Highway 7 at Goings Creek Bridge in Hurunui, the intersection of Bealey Ave and Colombo St, and the intersection of Moorhouse Ave and Madras St-Gasson St.

Senior Sergeant Phil Newton said police did not want a repeat of last year's fatalities and crashes.

"The holiday should be a time to relax and have quality time with your family. The last thing police want to do is deliver the news that a loved one has died or been seriously injured as a result of a crash."

He urged people to be patient with the increase in holiday traffic.

All drivers stopped will be breath-tested and the speed tolerance will be reduced to 4kmh from today until January 7.

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