Big police presence on roads

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Southern Highway Patrol are working in conjunction with Waitaki Road Safe and will be holding a fatigue stop in Maheno this evening as part of the high police presence this holiday weekend.
Peter Muldrew, who is the sergeant for Southern Highway Patrol, said they were holding the check to keep an eye on drivers.
“We are holding it to check up on drivers to make sure that they are ok to drive and aren’t in fact too fatigued to drive.”

Sergeant Muldrew said police would be keeping a close eye on all motorists.

‘We will be looking for anything driving restraints, drink driving, driving under influence of drugs, and obviously won’t tolerate anybody speeding over the 4km limit imposed for the long weekend.”

With it being a long weekend, Sergeant Muldrew said most of his staff will be on duty.

“We will have most of them helping out and on patrol in some way.”

The 4km limit begins at 4pm today and runs right through until 6am on Tuesday October, 28.

Police in Kurow are set for a busy weekend and have called on extra hands with the Avimore Classic in town. A mobile policing unit andsix extra staff will be working in the area

Last year there was only one reported road death in New Zealand over the Labour Weekend period, the best since the laws were introduced, while 1983 was the worst on record with 13 deaths. Twenty serious injuries occurred in 2013. Crashes are 14 percent more likely to occur during Labour Weekend than at any other time of the year.

Roads in Otago and Southland will be busy this Labour Day Weekend and NZ Police and the Transport Agency said they will be working to keep families safe on their travels during the holiday break.

NZTA are urging motorists to be slow down and be patient.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: FILE – Southern Highway Patrol Sergeant Peter Muldrew.