Centre-line crash after police blitz

Last updated 11:26 18/08/2014

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Just a week after Hawke's Bay Police announced a blitz on cars crossing centre-lines, a 60-year-old man has sustained  critical injuries after crossing a centre-line and colliding head-on with an oncoming car.

Police say the man was driving along Kereru Road, Maraekakaho at around 10pm on Saturday when he crossed the centre-line and collided with an oncoming vehicle coming around a corner.

The man was not wearing a seatbelt and received critical injuries. He is in a serious condition in Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital.

The male driver of the other vehicle escaped with minor injuries.

Hawke's Bay road policing senior sergeant Greg Brown said the crash was "disappointing" in light of a high-profile police media campaign last week that highlighted the risks of drivers crossing the centre line.

"We have put a lot of effort into raising public awareness around this problem and to have a crash such as this just days afterwards does not bode well.

"People must realise that if you cross the centre line, the chances of colliding with oncoming vehicles is extremely high.  

This crash just goes to show how easily things can go wrong in a matter of seconds," Mr Brown said.
The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating the crash.

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