Posted by Waikato Police on 04/03/2014
As Autumn approaches Police are asking road users to adopt a more cautious approach on Waikato roads.
"Remember road safety is no accident and too many families have been affected by road trauma already this year," District Road Policing Manager, Inspector Freda Grace said.
Since 6.30am yesterday there had been nine vehicle crashes in the Waikato with one, outside Te Awamutu, leaving a male driving instructor suffering critical injuries following a collision between a car and a truck on SH3.
"That happened about 10.35am, an hour before a man was very lucky to escape injury after a man was seen to drive at an excessively high speed over Huntly's Tainui Bridge and lost control when the vehicle went airborne and collided with a pole near the intersection with Harris St."
"The man was trapped in his vehicle for a short period but when freed was found to be unhurt. Though unhurt the man does have some explaining to given his vehicle had registration plates belonging to another car, had been ordered off the road by way of green sticker and he was a disqualified driver."
Mrs Grace said while the other eight crashes were less severe they were spread right across the Waikato from Whitianga through to Waharoa, Ruakura and Hamilton.
Drive to the conditions and if that means slowing down then do so is the message from Waikato Police following the spate of crashes.