Some did not 'Make it to Monday'

Last updated 05:00 04/06/2014

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Queen's Birthday weekend ended with one death and a close call on Waikato roads.

They were the two most serious crashes reported by Waikato police from the official holiday period which ran from 4pm on Friday and finished at 6am yesterday.

About 47 road crashes were recorded in the district during the period.

A 52-year old Auckland woman died on SH25 near Whitianga on Friday. Waikato District Road Policing Manager Inspector Freda Grace said the cause of the crash was still under investigation.

A tourist was on the wrong side of the road when the crash occurred and Grace said it was too early to say if charges would be laid.

In a separate incident on Sunday, an elderly woman was distracted and drifted on to the centre line while driving on SH1 near Te Kauwhata.

Wire rope barriers had been installed along an extended section of SH1 and Grace said the crash might have been much worse had they not been there. The car was badly damaged but the woman escaped injury or worse, said Grace.

"Engineering, education and enforcement form the pyramid of road safety and in this case engineering enhancements saved at least one life," she said.

Police ran a "Make it to Monday" campaign to change driver behaviour and they also asked motorists to report bad drivers. There were about 285 reports of bad driving over the Queen's Birthday holiday weekend.

Police stopped seven drivers who were over the legal alcohol limit - two in Te Kauwhata and five in Hamilton. 

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- Waikato Times

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