A record that will never be beaten

The Police are pleased at a record low road toll for Queens Birthday.

The Queen’s Birthday holiday road toll stands at zero for the first time since records began.

No-one had died on the roads by 6am, the end of the official holiday period.

New Zealand’s top road cop had “everything crossed” last night for the first zero holiday road toll.

Police roading national manager Superintendent Paula Rose said a lower speeding tolerance, more police on the roads and well-behaved drivers all contributed to one of the safest long weekends in history.

“I can’t describe what it means to me because it means so much.

“There’s not a single knock on someone’s door yet saying, ‘Your loved one’s not coming home’,” Rose said.

The zero toll marks the first time since records began in 1951 that no-one has died on New Zealand roads during a holiday weekend.

The previous record low was one person, in 1956.

This record cannot be beaten, unless of course they go all out and drag a corpse out of a hospital and revive it in the middle of the road.

I drove over 1000km this holiday weekend and I have to say that the Police policy of making themselves almost invisible between Auckland and Waipukurau was a brilliant strategy. They should do it more often if this holiday road toll is anything to go by.

On the drive home yesterday there were a few inconsiderate slow pokes but generally no super speedy tossers. One guy in a Honda CRV thought he could travel in the fast lane for as long as he liked on the Waikato Expressway. Other than that it was pretty good, and I must say there actually wasn’t a lot of traffic even at the usual choke points at Tirau, Taupiri and Bombay.

Perhaps it was the price of petrol rather than super invisible policing that reduced the road toll to the record low.

 


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