Man caught going 179km/h on icy Queenstown road

  • 08/07/2017
Police are again asking motorists to be mindful of ice on the roads.
Police are again asking motorists to be mindful of ice on the roads. Photo credit: file

Police have dealt with 34 reported crashes across Southland and Otago on icy roads and a dangerous driver doing 179km/h in a 100km/h zone.

The 40-year-old Queenstown man was speeding on SH6 near Victoria Flats Rd, Gibbston Valley, about 3:25pm on Saturday.

He has had his licence suspended and will appear in the Queenstown District Court on July 24 charged with driving at a dangerous speed.

"There is still black ice and loose grit across many of our roads so to hear of driving behaviour like this is extremely disappointing," says acting Senior Sergeant Jared Kirk.

The 34 accidents occurred between 6am and 1pm on Saturday as police warnings about icy conditions came true.

Very cold temperatures are expected again on Saturday night.

Police are again asking motorists to be mindful of ice on the roads and not drive unless it's absolutely necessary.

There was black ice on State Highway 6, 8, 94 and 97 on Saturday.

And, the first week of the school holidays may be a white one for some South Islanders.

Weatherwatch.co.nz says on Tuesday a deep low will send a burst of moisture and cold air from over the Southern Ocean over the South Island.

This will push snow to very low levels in the lower half of the South Island and produce widespread heavy snow above 200m.

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