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

 


Northland storm - Driving

Northland District Headquarters
88 Cameron Street, Whangarei
Wednesday July 9, 2014

While a majority of motorists drove carefully during last night's storm in Northland, some were still travelling too fast for the conditions.

Police attended six crashes during the storm. Three involved trucks being blown over by the strong wind.

Northland Road Policing Manager Inspector Murray Hodson says one of the concerns was drivers not slowing down in areas where stationary police patrol vehicles were operating flashing lights and hazards lights.

"These police vehicles were stationed on the road to indicate hazards ahead, such as large pot holes and flooding, and a few motorists ignored the warnings."

Mr Hodson says ignoring these warnings could lead to serious consequences.
"If you hit a large pothole or surface flooding you risk losing control of your vehicle and crashing."

"The roads during a storm like the one last night are dangerous and drivers need to be sensible and slow down, so they can deal with any unexpected hazards."

Mr Hodson says it is difficult to see during early daylight and early evening hours and a storm makes visibility worse.

He also urged motorists not to attempt to cross flooded roads.
"If you can't see the road markings and there is a huge amount of water across the road, don't drive into it thinking you'll be okay.

We had a couple of incidents where people were lucky to get out of their vehicles when they drove into flood waters. Two people at Kawakawa had to be rescued by police and a local resident."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

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.

To date, the Greens have opposed (a) a wide range of the leaked content of the TPP (b) the secretive way it has been negotiated and (c) the undemocratic way in which any final document would be ratified. Labour has shared some of those concerns, but while remaining generally supportive of the deal itself.

National has, for its part, been very enthusiastic about the TPP, while still giving assurances about Pharmac being protected... 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:

'Safe To Re-Enter' - OIA Docs: Safety Is Absolute Priority At Pike River Mine

“We understand that the time it is taking to complete our evaluation of the risks is frustrating for the family members and we are trying to complete this work as quickly as we can,” Ms Dunphy says. “It is Solid Energy’s responsibility to make this decision and we will do so, once we have all the information required to make a fully-informed decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news