Canterbury's most dangerous intersections

Last updated 05:00 24/12/2012

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Two intersections in Christchurch are among the top three holiday crash hotspots in Canterbury.

Police say the intersections were each the scene of three or more crashes in all the last five Christmas holiday periods.

They are: the Bealey Ave/Colombo St intersection, and the Moorhouse Ave and Madras St/Gasson St intersection.

The third hotspot is State Highway 7 at Goings Creek Bridge in Hurunui.

The hotspots were revealed as part of a police campaign to slow drivers down this Christmas and New Year holiday period, with police yet again enforcing a speeding tolerance of just four kilometres an hour over the limit.

Canterbury highways manager Senior Sergeant Phil Newton said the 4kmh speed tolerance came into effect on Friday and would remain in place until January 7 - the end of the official holiday period.

Newton said making it to your destination safely far outweighed the danger of speeding up your journey.

Some speeding drivers have already been hit in the pocket.

In Selwyn, a 19-year-old was clocked at 142kmh.

Constable Mike Harker said the teenager was driving east on Springston-Rolleston Rd and reached 142kmh while overtaking about 7.30pm on Sat- urday.

He was suspended from driving for the mandatory 28 days and given an instant $510 fine.

"His explanation was, he thought he was doing about 130kmh," Harker said.

Highway staff had also been targeting the new southern motorway in Christchurch, with one motorcyclist clocked at about 210kmh.

He urged slower drivers to be courteous and pull over to let others pass if a queue was developing behind them.

"Drivers towing trailers, boats or caravans have a reduced speed limit of 90kmh and can be difficult to pass.

"They should pull over when it is safe to do so and let other road users pass. If they don't, other drivers can get frustrated and attempt to pass when it is not safe."

So far this year 299 people have died on New Zealand roads.

For Canterbury, the road toll was at 32 yesterday - up from 28 at this time last year.

"None of them thought when they left home that morning they were going to die on the roads," said Canterbury Road Policing Manager, Inspector Al Stewart.

In Canterbury during last year's 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.

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