Despite a few minor incidents Otago police are generally
happy with motorists' conduct throughout the region over the
No serious crashes had been reported in the region last
night, although the official holiday period ended at 6am
today with one fatality nationally.
A 16-year-old boy was killed in Bay of Plenty when the car he
was in crashed on Hikurangi Rd in Tahawai, north of Katikati,
about 1am yesterday. Two other passengers, both young men,
One had minor injuries while the other was taken to hospital
with spinal damage.
The car's 18-year-old driver fled the crash scene on foot
despite also suffering injuries.
In and around Dunedin yesterday there were three road
incidents involving minor injuries.
Five people were involved in a collision between two vehicles
at the intersection of Blackhead Rd and Tunnel Beach Rd about
Ambulance personnel took two people with minor injuries to
Dunedin Hospital for assessment.
Milton firefighters were called to a motorcycle crash along
Finlayson Rd at Taieri Mouth just after 2pm.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Robbie Phillips said the
motorcyclist had minor injuries after failing to take a
corner and hitting a fence.
At Momona, police attended a single-vehicle crash in which a
car ended up on its roof in a paddock alongside Allanton
Saleyards Rd about 3.30pm.
No-one was seriously injured, Sergeant Ben Butterfield said.
Elsewhere in the country police were mostly pleased with
driving over the holiday period.
National road policing manager Superintendent Carey Griffiths
said reduced speed tolerance and more visibility police on
roads made motorists drive slower and be more attentive.
''Staying under the speed limit gives you time to react to
hazards and potential mistakes of other drivers on our roads.
"No driver is perfect, mistakes are inevitable, but if you
are minding your following distance and are driving at a safe
speed then you buy yourself a life - you will have time to
react and evade,'' he said.
Last year six people died and 112 were injured in road
incidents at Labour Weekend.
Supt Griffiths said motorists were particularly at risk
towards the end of the holiday period, when drivers were more
likely to be tired.
''If a driver has had less than six hours' sleep, the risk of
a crash triples,'' he said.
Police urged slow-moving drivers, including those towing
trailers, to regularly pull over to allow others to pass.
''Impeding traffic can cause frustration and prompt other
drivers to undertake risky overtaking manoeuvres,'' Supt