Police are reminding all drivers to be patient, keep calm and expect delays, NZ Herald reports. Over Christmas and New Year, 17 people were killed in 17 crashes on New Zealand roads. It was the worst holiday period for deaths since 2016-17 when 19 people were killed. “Families [will] start heading home to go back to work or relocate to another holiday spot,” says Bruce O’Brien, Assistant Commissioner Deployment and Road Policing. “This means it’s crucial that everyone on our roads behaves safely. That means no speeding, and driving to the conditions… bad decision-making on the road can have devastating consequences.”