Police expect high volumes of traffic as Easter motorists return home

Easter traffic - Photo / file

The Easter weekend road toll still stands at one before the official holiday period ends at 6am tomorrow morning.

Yesterday, a fatal crash occurred on State Highway 8 in Canterbury shortly before 2:15pm, closing the highway between the Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre and Mt Cook Road.

One person was confirmed as deceased at the scene and another was taken to Christchurch Hospital by helicopter in a serious condition.

While there have been a number of serious injuries reported this weekend as a result of road accidents, Police say they are very pleased with the overall attitude of New Zealand motorists this Easter weekend.

In a press release this morning, Inspector McKennie said, “Thankfully the vast majority of New Zealand drivers have taken (these) messages on board and are playing their part in keeping New Zealand roads safe.”

High volumes of traffic are expected later today as holiday-makers return home to their respective areas.  Police say they will be highly visible to ensure all return home safely.

“Police will have a number of high visibility patrols in place across the country to assist in getting everyone home safely.  Please drive carefully, take your time and show courtesy to your fellow drivers,” says McKennie.

The record for the Zero Road Toll for Easter was in 2012, with no fatalities reported.