Michael Massie, 20, has been sentenced at Christchurch District Court for taking police on a 700km chase across the South Island.

Police out in force for long weekend 

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A speed tolerance of 4km per hour will be strictly enforced by police this long weekend.

Police across Tasman District will be focussed on road safety this coming Queen’s Birthday Weekend, says district road policing Senior Sergeant Grant Andrews.

He says all available staff would be out on the roads working to keep people safe and officers would be checking driver speed, alcohol, safety belts and distractions.

“At this time of year I can’t stress enough how important it is to drive to the conditions and be a bit patient.”

He says all drivers stopped should expect to be breath tested.

“Our message is simple around alcohol – if you’re drinking, don’t drive. Plan before you go out how you are going to get home safely.

“All of the crash statistics show us that speed is the one factor that impacts most on the severity of people’s injuries in a crash. If everyone slows down then everyone has a much better chance of getting home again,” he says.

“Our focus in road policing is to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads and every person who gets behind the wheel of a car has a role to play in that so I encourage all drivers to think about the choices they make and the consequences those choices could have.”

The official holiday period begins at 4pm on Friday 29 May and ends at 6am on Tuesday 2 June.