Council is urging the community to make good choices around drinking and driving as the warmer months start to set in.
Council Road Safety Coordinator Jeremy Lambert says the message is clear - if you've been drinking, don't drive.
"Ashburton's biggest killer on our roads is drink driving. Unfortunately, some people decide to get behind the wheel after a few drinks and end up never making it home, or they hit another road user. Taking responsibility for yourself
is an important step in reducing drink driving fatalities and serious crashes."
Mr Lambert says there are other options available to people if they've been drinking.
"If you know you're going to drink, plan ahead about how you're going to get home. Arrange a sober driver who can pick you up, stay the night, get a taxi or hop in a courtesy van. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is never
a good choice."
- Plan travelling away from peak travel times when roads will be congested
- Allow plenty of time to get where you want to go – don't rush
- Check the NZTA website for delays on the roads before travelling
- Fatigue crashes are at their highest in December so make sure you have a 15 minute break every two hours of driving
- The faster you go, the more fuel you use - stick to the speed limit to conserve fuel
- Share the roads with motorcycles and bicycles - they are more frequent in summer
- Check your tyre tread depth
- Check your oil before a long journey
- Make sure you have a set of sunglasses in the car in case there is glare from the sun
- The summer sun can dehydrate you during long roads trips so always travel with plenty of water
- Check your summer allergy medication doesn't make you drowsy
- Speed and alcohol crashes are at their highest in December
- Dangerous overtaking and speeding will only save you 1 or 2 minutes in an hour long journey
For more information on the effects of drinking and driving, visit alcohol.org.nz