Posted by Waikato Police Media Release on 06/01/2012
Credit where credit is due is the message from Waikato Police happy with the behaviour of the majority of motorists' transiting busy holiday highways this summer.
Acting Road Policing Manager, Senior Sergeant Jeff Penno, said too often Police were left lamenting the poor decision making of drivers involved in fatal or serious injury crashes.
"However despite appalling weather conditions and heavy traffic volumes, in most cases our staff have been very pleased with the conduct displayed on Waikato roads.
"In particular drivers have been adhering to the reduced speed limits on parts of SH2 and also keeping their cool in often tiring circumstances at some busy intersections where queues have been up to 8km long."
Mr Penno said Police are saturating busy routes this summer, seeking to reduce victims of road trauma but the good behaviour witnessed on the roads indicates the public is doing their part as well.
"Last year we lost 52 people on Waikato roads and the first month was a particularly bad with fatal crashes occurring on the 1,2, 10, 21, 23, of January in addition to two happening on the 24th.
"The crash on SH2 near Waihi on 21 January claimed the lives of three people and no-one wants to see a repeat of any of these tragedies."
With another wet weekend forecast Mr Penno said Police were hoping the good will on the roads continues.
"We hope to be in the position at the end of the month where we can compare the mistakes of last year with a fatal free January this year and if we all work together we have a chance of achieving this goal."
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