A police investigation is under way into the cause of a
collision between a civilian car and a police car at the
intersection of Crawford St and Jetty St in Dunedin
yesterday. The incident happened about 1.45pm. No-one was
injured. Photo by Craig Baxter.
With at least 41 reported crashes on southern roads
between 5pm Friday and late last night, drivers will need to
keep their wits about them if the region is going to keep its
Queen's Birthday road toll at zero, Dunedin police say.
Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator
Senior Sergeant Brian Benn, of Dunedin, said
as of last night, with more than 24 hours remaining in the
holiday period, there had been no fatalities in the Southern
But given the seriousness of some of the crashes, some people
were lucky to be alive.
''There's been a lot of fatalities in the region in the past
three weeks, and a number of the crashes so far this weekend
could have been fatal.
''Always think, when you're getting out of your lane, when
you're sliding across the other lane, or when you're hitting
the road furniture on the outside of the lane, it's really in
the lap of the gods whether you survive.''
In one of two relatively serious crashes in the region a
vehicle rolled. In another, a vehicle slid off the road and
hit a power pole.
Both resulted in people being take to hospital with moderate
to serious injuries.
Crashes were reported across the region from Oamaru south,
with many related to ice around Queenstown and Port Chalmers
''The fog freezing late in the morning was probably the main
issue with that.''
One driver on State Highway 85 had his licence taken from him
for 28 days after he was caught travelling at 144kmh while
trying to overtake motorcyclists on their way to the Brass
Monkey Rally on Saturday.
Snr Sgt Benn suggested drivers take more care and drive to
Queen's Birthday Weekend officially ends at 6am tomorrow.