This Labour Weekend, the NZ Transport Agency encourages everyone heading off for a break to check the Labour Weekend Hotspots map.
The Hotspots maps (external link)collate information from previous Labour Weekend journeys on the times where traffic is heaviest. The Transport Agency advises people to consider avoiding travel during the times of heaviest congestion or at least be forewarned on what to expect.
“Increased traffic, tiredness and driving in unfamiliar environments can make driving over the long weekends stressful,” says the Transport Agency’s Journey Manager Tresca Forrester. “Remember you’re sharing the road with many others, you have a responsibility to be courteous and patient to ensure you look after yourself, your family and other road users.
“When traffic is heavy, a safe speed might be lower than the posted limit. We urge everyone to be patient, relax, and enjoy the journey.”
In Canterbury, Police are running Operation Drive Safe ahead of this Labour Weekend from Wednesday, 18 October through to Friday, 20 October. Senior Constable Brent Cosgrove says that as well as stopping speeding drivers, police might also be stopping people at checkpoints to share road safety messages and promotional material on safer driving.
The Wakatipu Basin and the wider Frankton/ Queenstown area around the Kawarau Falls bridge and SH6 will be busy right through Labour Weekend. Please take your time.
The key traffic and travel source which provides up-to-date information on weather and road conditions is www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic(external link)
Important information is also shared via the Transport Agency’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts (external link)
Drivers can also call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team for traffic and travel information.