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Driving dangers  . . . Timaru District Council's road safety co-ordinator Daniel Naude was encouraging safer driving across the region in September. PHOTO: THE COURIER FILES

2018 was an eventful year for South Canterbury. The Courier reporters Greta Yeoman, Claire Allison and Chris Tobin look back at some of the leading stories of the year’s papers.

“Horror year on roads so far” led the September 13 edition, after 62 serious injury and fatal crashes occurred on South Canterbury roads by the end of June.

Speaking in September, Timaru District Council road safety co-ordinator Daniel Naude reminded drivers to be alert and keep to the speed limit.

“We all think when there’s a serious accident it’s an idiot doing something stupid but that’s not the case. We have to stop that thinking.

“There’s a false sense of safety among the majority of people that if they keep the rules they will be OK.”

In December, Mr Naude reiterated the comments he made three months earlier, reminding drivers – particularly over the summer holiday season – to remain alert, patient, sober and to keep to the speed limit.

“Just keep your speed down.”

There were 16 fatal crashes and 24 serious injuries between July and December, bringing the total of serious and fatal crashes in South Canterbury so far this year to 102.