A mother who was driving with her 3-year-old child in the
rear seat was texting before she lost control of her vehicle,
flipping into a ditch.
In another crash the following day a man is also believed to
have been texting when he ploughed into the rear of a car
parked on the side of the road.
Waikato Police are urging motorists ensure they maintain
their situational awareness after two serious crashes over
recent days as a result of drivers being distracted.
Sergeant Geoff Blow of the Hamilton Road Safety Team said the
first crash happened on a rural road east of the city on
Monday shortly before 1pm.
"A mother was driving with her 3-year-old child along a
100km/h stretch of Holland Rd, about 1km west of Marshmeadow
Rd, when witnesses describe her car as veering first to the
right, skid heavily to the left and then crash into a ditch
before the car flipped."
"Fortunately for all concerned the child was strapped in to a
good quality car seat and both occupants escaped serious
injury. When spoken to at the scene the mother admitted she
was reading a text just prior to the crash."
Sgt Blow said another incident - where texting is also
believed to be involved - happened yesterday when a man
crashed into a stationary vehicle on the side of the road on
SH1 near Hautapu Rd between Hamilton and Cambridge.
He said a man had pulled over to the side of the road to
check why his car's Bluetooth device had crashed.
"While he was stationary a man who police believe was texting
at the time, has not noticed the stationary vehicle on the
side of the road and has ploughed into the rear of it
shunting parked vehicle into an adjoining paddock.
The driver who crashed was taken to Waikato Hospital by
ambulance with minor injuries while the innocent driver was
shaken and left contemplating the damage to his car.
"Here we have an example of a person who has done the right
thing by pulling over to address a concern whose vehicle has
then been hit by another, driven by someone who appears to
have been driving while distracted.
"Driver fatigue and distraction is a real killer on our
Last year driver fatigue and distraction were considered
contributing factors in 10 out of the 22 fatal crashes on
- James Ihaka of the New Zealand Herald