Aucklanders and Northlanders heading away for Queen's Birthday are being advised by the NZ Transport Agency of the need for extra care during a long weekend marking the official start of winter.
“With shorter days and more unpredictable weather, vehicles need to be winter fit and drivers should allow plenty of extra time to reach their destinations safely,” says the NZTA’s Regional Director for Auckland and Northland, Stephen Town. “If driving conditions are difficult, increase following distances and drop your speed 10ks below the legal limit. If there is a crash, the speed you’re driving will determine the severity of that crash.”
State highway traffic is expected to be heavier than normal during the weekend. The number of vehicles using the Northern Gateway Toll Road on State Highway 1 north of Auckland on the Friday before last Queen’s Birthday was 18,340 – almost 2000 more than a normal Friday vehicle count of 16499. The Saturday count was 17677 (15312 on a normal Saturday) and 16713 (12505) on Queen’s Birthday Monday
In the past five Queen’s Birthday weekends, a total of 172 people have been injured or killed in crashes on state highways and other roads in Northland and Auckland (Northland 1 fatality, 8 serious injuries, 11 minor injuries; Auckland 1 fatality, 23 serious injuries, 128 minor injuries).
Mr Town says there are choices people can make to keep themselves and their families safe:
Mr Town says the NZTA will be working with the Police and ACC to help keep all road users safe.
“This is the last holiday weekend until Labour Day in mid-spring and our priority at the NZTA is to ensure that highways and roads during Queen’s Birthday are safe for everyone,” Mr Town says. .
Queen’s Birthday Weekend fact file
Northern Gateway Toll Road feedback
For more information please contact:
Auckland/Northland Media Manager
NZ Transport Agency
T: (09) 928 8720
M: (027) 213 7616