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

 


Made it to Monday now talk about it from Tuesday

Made it to Monday now talk about it from Tuesday say Waikato Police

Tuesday, 3 June 2014 - 12:59pm

Waikato

At the end of the official holiday period for Queen's Birthday Weekend Waikato Police say on one hand the loss of a woman's life in the Coromandel was tragic but the weekend wasn't without some positives.

District Road Policing Manager, Inspector Freda Grace, said Friday crash on SH25 near Whitianga that claimed the life of a 52-year-old Auckland woman is still under investigation and it may be a while before what, if any, charges an overseas tourist driving on the wrong side of the road may face.

"While expressing our sympathies to the families affected we are also reflecting on a very close call on Sunday that saw a potential loss of live averted due to road engineering improvements.

"That incident involved an elderly woman travelling south on SH1 near Te Kauwhata about 1pm who became distracted and drifted into the centreline towards oncoming traffic."

Mrs Grace said fortunately for the woman, and oncoming motorists, wire rope barriers have been installed along much of SH1 meaning the woman escaped injury or even worse, though her car was badly damaged.

"Engineering, education and enforcement form the pyramid of road safety and in this case engineering enhancements saved at least one life.

"The other positive is in terms of education, we've spoken over recent weeks about the need for a change in mindset out on our roads and as part of the weekend's "Make it to Monday" campaign we asked motorists to report bad driving behaviour."

Mrs Grace said this appeal hit a chord with Waikato drivers with about 285 reports phoned in to Police over the official Queen's Birthday holiday period.

"Many calls involved people overtaking in inappropriate areas or crossing the centreline so these calls play an important part for us in terms of preventing road trauma. As things turned out, there were about 47 vehicle crashes in the Waikato over the official holiday period.

"In addition, over the weekend there seven drivers found driving over the legal alcohol limit with two in Te Kauwhata and five in Hamilton, that's seven interventions by Police that prevented potential fatalities."

Mrs Grace said while the Queen's Birthday holiday period was now behind us, motorists shouldn't rest on their laurels.

"As we've said previously, road safety is an everyday priority and the focus for road policing staff this month is speed so if you're exceeding a posted speed limit you can expect to face enforcement action."

End


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news