Safety message

01:10, Apr 22 2014

A campaign to make South Canterbury roads safe is amping up for Easter.

Mid-South Canterbury area commander Dave Gaskin said the campaign would focus on a range of aspects, including speed, travel distance and seatbelts.

"We want to make sure people get to where they want to go as safely as possible." Anyone exceeding the 4kmh speed tolerance could expect a fine.

South Canterbury roads will be particularly busy with people travelling to and from Warbirds Over Wanaka and the Mackenzie A & P Show.

Police also encourage motorcyclists travelling to the Methven Mountain Thunder motorcycle street race to take care.

Easter weekend will be followed by Anzac Day on Friday. Police expect the two holidays will prompt people to take an extra long break, resulting in high volumes of traffic, Senior Sergeant Phil Newton said.

He said heavy traffic, long trips and the possibility of poor weather meant a higher level of risk.

The official holiday period started on Thursday at 4pm and ends at 6am on Tuesday.

Police will enforce the 4kmh tolerance until April 28.


The Timaru Herald