Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Carnage on Waikato roads - Police call for culture change

Second weekend of carnage on Waikato roads leads Police to call for culture change

17 March 2014 - After a traumatic weekend on the region's roads that claimed the lives of two people and left a number of others with life threatening injuries, the Waikato's top road policing officer says attitudes need to change.

District Road Policing Manager, Inspector Freda Grace, said the most disappointing thing about the latest tragedies is that once again, each incident contained a large degree of avoid-ability.

"In the first incident the Waikato Serious Crash Unit is working to establish what, if any part, speed and alcohol played in a collision between a utility and a truck on SH24 shortly before 1am on Saturday.

"It is too early to determine what caused the crash which claimed the life of 23-year-old Matamata man, Jeremy Mark KINDER, but initial indications are his Toyota Hilux utility failed to negotiate a corner and crossed the centreline into the path of an eastbound Kenworth truck and trailer unit."

Mrs Grace said the second person to lose their life as a result of road trauma was an elderly pedestrian struck by a vehicle as he crossed SH1 at Karapiro ten days ago.

"Auckland man, 88-year-old Roy James GRANT had been under treatment at Waikato Hospital since the incident but died early this morning. The Serious Crash Unit investigation into what, if any, charges may be laid is still continuing.

"In expressing the sympathies of New Zealand Police to the friends and family of the two men for their loss we are also sparing a thought for a number of other people who are fighting for their lives following 36 crashes in the Waikato since Friday."

Mrs Grace said this included a 79-year-old man who suffered critical injuries when struck by a reversing car on Shakespeare St in Leamington early on Friday evening and a crash between a car and a motor-cycle on Hoeka Rd in Newstead that saw two people on the motor-cycle taken to hospital.

"Then shortly after 9am on Sunday emergency services were called to the scene of a crash on SH1 north of Huntly where a motor-cycle carrying two people crashed into a roadside barrier near the Rangiriri tavern.

"A 52-year-old Huntly man and his female pillion passenger were flown by air ambulance helicopter in a serious condition to Waikato Hospital where their condition is described as stable. At this point Police are working to establish what part a item of material found wrapped around the motor-cycle's rear wheel may have played in the crash."

Mrs Grace said there were no witnesses to the crash at the scene and Police are appealing for anyone who saw what happened to contact the Huntly Police on 07 858 6200.

"While the investigations into what happened in each of the crashes continue, we as a community need to focus on preventing more trauma happening on our roads.
"Late February through to early April are traditionally busy periods for emergency services dealing with motor-cycle and commercial vehicle crashes and it appears this year is no different. And now we have had our second pedestrian fatality and have another person seriously injured."

Mrs Grace said the only way to turn the tide on the spate of road crashes on Waikato roads was to introduce a change in culture.

"We need to drive socially, give each other plenty of room on the road and ensure other road users are able to see you regardless of if you are a pedestrian, cyclist, motor-cycle rider or driver, the stakes for those left behind are just too great if you don't."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Half Empty: Dairy Prices Drop To Lowest Since August 2009

Dairy product prices fell to the lowest level in more than five years in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, led by declines in butter milk powder and whole milk powder.

”Stocks of dairy commodities are building across the globe due to Russia’s current ban on importing dairy products from many Western nations, and a lack of urgency from Chinese buyers, while at the same time global milk supplies are expanding,” AgriHQ dairy analyst Susan Kilsby said in a note. More>>

 

Slippage: NZ Universities Still In Top 3% Globally

This year the University of Auckland ranked 175 (down from 164 last year); the University of Otago ranked 251-275th (down from 226-250), both Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury held their ranks (at 276-300thand 301-350 respectively), while the University of Waikato dropped from 301-350 to 351-400. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Last Rites For The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news