Police pushing crash safety message

MICHAEL DALY
Last updated 12:29 25/01/2014
NZ Police

NZ police have released CCTV footage of what can go wrong on the road.

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Police are hoping footage of actual crashes on New Zealand roads will hammer home to drivers the need to be careful and vigilant.

As the summer school holidays draw to a close and with Aucklanders having a day-off on Monday, police were trying to get as many motorists as possible to watch the footage.

Some of the footage was shocking, but police said no one was killed in any of the crashes.

In one of the incidents, a car spins through the air after being hit by another car, which in turn had been involved in a collision with a truck, the driver of which was using his mobile phone.

Another piece of footage shows a car crossing the centre line at a bend, colliding with a boat on a trailer and then going off the road and down a bank.

Then there's the trailer that starts swaying before causing the vehicle towing it to spin 180 degrees, or the station wagon going about its business on a roundabout, when it is hit by another car that fails to stop.

There's also a drunk driver who drives along an on-ramp on to a motorway - then proceeds to turn the wrong way.

"We hope that these videos serve as a reminder to be vigilant at all times," national road policing manager Superintendent Carey Griffiths said.

"These CCTV roadside videos illustrate how quickly the banal can turn into tragedy when people take unnecessary risks. We are thankful that nobody was killed in these crashes. This is definitely a miracle in some cases," Griffiths said.

"Holidays can be ruined when the basics go wrong. Pay attention, stay under the speed limit, watch your following distance, drive to the conditions, drive fresh and refrain from drinking before driving."

The footage had been progressively placed on social media since before Christmas. Along with footage of interviews with police officers, they had been watched a combined total of 220,000 times, police said.

More than 1500 comments had been made as viewers dissected what happened and discussed actions that could have been taken to prevent the crashes.

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