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Don't stop on Auckland Harbour Bridge to watch fireworks, police warn motorists

Police and the New Zealand Transport Agency are urging motorists not to stop on the Auckland Harbour Bridge in order to watch fireworks this New Year's Eve.

In a joint statement, police have announced that they will be handing out fines from between $150 to $600 should motorists be found to have stopped on the Harbour Bridge, or in motorway breakdown lanes, without genuine reason.

Police have been called to attend a number of both crashes and near-miss incidents on the Harbour Bridge in previous years - with the majority of those down to motorists stopping, and in some cases getting out of their vehicles to watch fireworks displays.

Tonight will see a high visibility of police on the Auckland Harbour Bridge, in the hope of avoiding any further incidents.

Auckland Harbour Bridge took centre stage in a light-and-sound show highlighting renewable energy.
Source: Supplied