NZ Police record six deaths over Easter weekend

Update: 1:52PM THE New Zealand Police Force recorded a tragic Easter weekend with four separate vehicle crashes resulting in six deaths, aside from a number of injuries in other crashes.

NZPF Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Sandra Venables said crashes were preventable and urged all road users to take care of themselves and their passengers.

She said decisions drivers made in their vehicles would impact on everyone.

She added that even good drivers could make mistakes and urged for drivers to stay focused on getting to their destination safely.

“Make sure you’re paying attention to your driving, be aware of hazards, and take a break if you’re tired.

“Always drive to the conditions, put your cell phone away, wear your seatbelt, and don’t drink when you’re going to drive,” Ms Venables said in the Police report issued today.

New Zealand Transport Agency director of Safety and Environment Harry Wilson said the deaths and injuries sustained in crashes over the weekend would affect families and communities for many years to come.

“Every death and serious injury on our roads is a tragedy. These people are not numbers, and we should never lose sight of the real human loss and grieving behind the figures,” Mr Wilson said.

“We know people can mistakes when they’re driving, which is why it’s so important that we all do the simple things that we can to lessen the impact of mistakes.

“That means choosing to wear your seatbelt because if you do make a mistake and crash, it can be the difference between life and death.

“It also means watching your speed because the speed you’re travelling at when you crash has a direct impact on whether you will walk away or be carried away in an ambulance or a hearse.”

Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) Chief Customers Officer Mike Tully said it had been a grim Easter on the roads.

“People need to understand that behind these statistics, the true cost is the far-reaching impact – physically and mentally – that road accidents have on victims, their families, and local communities.

“We all have to start driving and riding more responsibly,” Mr Tully said in the Police report.