22 Oct 2016

Buckle up and be safe this long weekend - police

11:51 am on 22 October 2016

Buckling up and driving to the conditions are the main messages from the police for this Labour weekend.

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Photo: RNZ / Veronica Schmidt

More than 250 people have died on the roads so far this year, and almost one-third of them were not wearing a seatbelt.

The assistant commissioner of road policing, Dave Cliff, said at 12 October this year, 71 people had been killed while not wearing a seatbelt.

"Each year around 60 people killed in crashes were not wearing seatbelts, however last year that number jumped to over 90," he said.

He said there would be speed cameras in high-risk areas and anyone more than 4kph over the speed limit would be fined.

During Labour Day Weekend 2015, five people died and 21 people were seriously injured.

Senior sergeant Ian Campion said the crash risk for serious or fatal accidents was 14 percent higher during Labour weekend.