Police launch road safety campaign

Waikato police and the Waipa District Council are joining forces to ensure the coming Queen's Birthday is a repeat of last year's "fatal free" holiday weekend.

Te Awamutu Road Policing Team's sergeant Warren Shaw said Friday, May 30 would see the launch of a Trans-Tasman "Make it to Monday" road safety campaign jointly run by Australian and New Zealand police.

Queen's Birthday is on Monday, June 2. Police across the country will be "highly visible" during this time, exercising the 4kmh speed tolerance ". . . so anyone found travelling 5kmh over posted speed limits will face enforcement action and every driver stopped, regardless of the circumstances, can expect to be breath tested," Shaw said.

Waipa District Council road safety co-ordinator, Megan Jolly, said motorists must make sure they've had enough sleep before setting out on a journey and vehicles were up to warrant of fitness standard.

Jolly said to be fatal free again this long weekend would be "fantastic". However the Waikato also needed to reduce the large number of serious injuries.

Last year over this period there were 64 reported injury crashes in the Waikato and we must do our utmost to reduce the number, she says. The majority of these crashes involved single vehicles where the driver lost control.

Police would also check new drivers adhered to the rules of their graduated licences. This is particularly important given the greater than normal traffic volumes over holiday periods."

Waikato Times