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New Zealand Transport Agency is warning drivers that traffic will be expected to get busy over the coming ANZAC celebration holiday period.
Journey Manager Tresca Forrester said to thisquality that many will be out and about also due to the school holidays.
“Many people will be away and travelling due to the school holidays, there will be Australian visitors, and last year’s ANZAC weekend was affected by the Lockdown,” said Ms Forrester.
“If everyone leaves plenty of time for their journey, drives to the conditions and plans ahead before leaving home, we can concentrate on arriving safely at our destination and enjoy the autumn driving experience.”
Both lanes will remain open on State Highway 1 in Kaikōura over the weekend, including at the canopy work yard south of the township. Tākaka Hill northwest of the South Island will be managed by traffic signals due and a single lane between the bottom and top of the hill.
This is due to final complex repairs at many worksites from when Cyclone Gita affected it.
Before going away, it is advised to check tyres, wipers, lights and indicators while also checking to see if the validity of Warrant of Fitness certificates.
Drivers should remain patient and relaxed while touring this long weekend by keeping a safe following distance from vehicles in front.
‘Road to Zero’ was launched as a campaign by the agency to improve safety on the roads as it is a top priority.
“NZTA is committed to Vision Zero, which aspires to a New Zealand where no-one is killed or seriously injured on our roads,” a statement reads.
“Police are working together with local government and others to deliver Road to Zero, the government’s road safety strategy for 2020-2030. Road to Zero aims to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads by 40 per cent over the next ten years.”
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