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Call for calm on quake-affected roads

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/11/2016

With trucks taking more than seven hours to drive the alternative route set up between Christchurch and Picton in the wake of Monday's quake, police are appealing for motorists to stay calm.

Assistant Commissioner of road policing Dave Cliff said he was conscious it is challenging for motorists after the earthquakes took out parts of the State Highway 1.

"The Christchurch to Picton route, SH7, is a longer and more challenging drive for all drivers, so be patient and have consideration for others using the road," he said.

Motorists should be extra cautious on Lewis Pass and Maruia Valley on State Highways 7 and 65, he said.

"With heavy motor vehicle drivers having a journey of approximately 7.5 hours, drivers need to be mindful of fatigue."

"Make sure you take breaks and get a good night's sleep."

Police will be increasing high visibility patrols in the area and enforcing speed limits.

Police encouraged drivers to call *555 if they see dangerous driving.

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