Dunedin emergency services attend a car roll-over in Pitt
St about 11.20am yesterday. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Slippery roads and heavy traffic volumes throughout Otago
are prompting warnings from police.
At least two crashes in Dunedin yesterday were attributed in
part to the wet weather and the large number of vehicles on
A 20-year-old Dunedin man and his brother received minor
injuries when the car in which they were travelling rolled on
to its roof in Pitt St about 11.20am.
Sergeant Chris MacAulay, of the Dunedin traffic unit, said
the 20-year-old was driving and lost control of the vehicle
as he turned into Pitt St from Heriot Row.
The wet road was a factor in the crash, he said.
''They were coming down the hill and lost control around the
corner. The car hit the embankment and rolled on to its
Sgt MacAulay said both occupants had minor cuts and bruises
and were treated by St John personnel on site.
Firefighters were also called to the crash, although neither
occupant was trapped in the upturned car, Sgt MacAulay said.
The road was briefly reduced to single-lane traffic.
Alcohol was not a factor of the crash and no charges were
laid, but Sgt MacAulay said it served as a warning to all
motorists to be vigilant and drive to changing road and
The crash was followed by a minor ''nose-to-tail'' in
Crawford St about 12.15pm.
''With the sales and everything going on in Dunedin, traffic
is very heavy and people need to be aware of what's going on
around them,'' Sgt MacAulay said.
''It's just a matter of being patient.''
Highway patrols and city traffic units were boosted with
extra staff over the Christmas and New Year period, to focus
on drink-driving and excessive speed in particular.
Sgt MacAulay said patrols to the north and south of Dunedin
yesterday morning reported a steady stream of holiday
traffic, including many campervans and vehicles towing boats,
trailers and caravans.
There were also a lot of cars with bicycles tied to the back,
obstructing the driver's rear window view, he said.
''Added to the wet weather, these are all factors which can
lead to crashes.''
Police would migrate to ''hot spots'' including Central
Otago, Queenstown, the Waitaki Lakes and Twizel for the New
Year period, when there tended to be increased alcohol and
drug consumption as well as problems with fatigued drivers,
Sgt MacAulay said.
''We will strongly police those at-risk areas in the
interests of keeping everyone safe and keeping the road toll
down,'' he said.
He urged people to plan how they would get home from parties
if drinking, and to look after their friends.