The season of holidays and road carnage is coming so stay calm, make sure your wagon is roadworthy and expect to get pinged if you drive more than 4kmh over the speed limit.
Waikato Police released that warning to motorists in preparation for Labour Weekend festivities.
It's traditionally a high risk period for injury crashes due to larger than usual traffic volumes on the Waikato's roads, District Road Policing Manager, Inspector Marcus Lynam, said.
Getting to and returning from our favourite places is when road smashes occur most often.
The Coromandel Peninsula is a good example. It's one of our most popular destinations but is accessed by winding rural roads which will have thousands more vehicles on them this weekend, Mr Lynam said.
"Because of that, patience will be at a premium and police are asking drivers to plan their journeys accordingly. As is the case each holiday period, we will be exercising a 4km/h speed tolerance so anyone found travelling 5km/h over posted speed limits will face enforcement action."
Police will also be targeting drunk, dangerous and other unsafe driving behaviour in rural and urban areas, he said.
Every driver stopped over the official holiday period from 4pm Friday until 6am next Tuesday can expect to be breathalysed.
"Last year there were two fatal crashes the afternoon before the holiday weekend so road safety was at the forefront of many motorists consciousness. What we're asking for this year is that drivers remain focused on the goal of a fatal free holiday weekend."
Transport Agency figures for the past fiscal year show there were 93 fatal or serious injury crashes where speed was considered a contributing factor and 82 involving alcohol or drugs, while fatigue is believed to have played a part in 78.
Failing to keep left or an inability to negotiate a corner was a common fault contributing to death or serious injury on Waikato roads and was often a result of drivers being too tired behind the wheel.Mr Lynam urged motorists to ''rest revive and survive''.
"At the same time we're asking people to ensure their vehicles, boat trailers and caravans are also in a fit state and urge people to get their vehicles checked before they hit the road."
Police also urged people who will be towing caravans or boats to pull over to allow other vehicles to pass where possible.
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