Focus on driving to the conditions



police lineIn recent months we have had three deaths on our local roads and I believe 15 for the whole Counties Manukau area, which is not very good at all.

the conditions, making good decisions when driving and avoiding distractions.
With the changing of seasons we have wet roads, increased sun strike at different times of the day as well as other things we need to anticipate on the road, i.e stock, road works etc, we need to adjust our speed accordingly. If we are going too fast for the conditions or we encounter unexpected hazards the end result can depend on how fast you are going. Like the old saying — you’re a long time dead, so slow down.
Decision making when you are driving, is about risk assessment, if you are driving and thinking ‘should I or shouldn’t I over take’ for example, you shouldn’t. Don’t take unnecessary risks, don’t cut corners, don’t start over taking to make up time, it is better to be late than possibly not showing up.
Don’t drink and drive, for over a year we have had a lower limit, but we still see a lot of people drinking and driving. The other week some of the team and I had an alcohol check point in town just after lunch time and I was surprised how many had been drinking.
If you are going out and drinking have a plan about getting home, use courtesy vans, taxis or have someone pick you up. Even if you are under the limit and have an accident, insurance won’t pay. The risk of have a couple of drinks and driving is not safe for other road users or yourself, so make good decisions about what you’re going to do.
If you see bad driving when you’re out and about ring 111 or *555 to report it, get a registration number so it can be followed up by police.
We want everyone to have safe journeys on the road.
We will be targeting the beach and people travelling to and from it soon, so be warned.
Go the All Blacks!

Police Report By Sergeant Graeme Wood, Waiuku Police

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