Police are advising drivers to pull over to the side of the road if they feel amorous after a couple rolled their car while attempting a kiss near Wairoa.
Senior sergeant Tony Bates said the couple in their twenties from Hastings were driving south near Nuhaka, north of Wairoa, when the male driver leaned over to kiss his partner yesterday afternoon.
"The car appears to have veered slightly to the left, gone into a grass verge.
"He tried to gently steer out but started fish-tailing.
"He tried to correct but lost it and slid sideways into drain, where the car slid for some distance on its side before hitting a clump of toetoe and rolling, finishing up on its side. By the time help arrived they had righted the car," Bates said.
The car, a white Hyundai Accent, was probably a write-off, he said.
The male was uninjured but the female received bruises and a possible broken collarbone.
Bates said the accident was a reminder that drivers must give their full attention to the road.
Kissing was the same as taking eyes off the road to change CDs or tend to a crying child, and it was best to pull over if required, he said.
''This couple was lucky the outcome wasn't more serious," he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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