Defensive driving urged at crash hot spot

Last updated 14:36 02/07/2014

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Even motorists "in the right" should be more wary, police say - after another crash on a problematic rural road.

A middle-aged female motorist travelling on Tram Rd near Swannanoa yesterday collided with a male, aged in his 20s, when he failed to stop at a stop sign.

At the time, the woman was thought to be seriously injured."The lady travelling on Tram Rd had no chance of stopping for him, she T-Boned the front of his car," Constable Aaron Campbell said.

She was discharged from Christchurch Hospital last night with at least "significant bruising", Campbell said, but he was yet to receive a full list of her injuries.

The male was taken to hospital and discharged with "seatbelt bruising".

Campbell said he was likely to face charges, after he had been formally interviewed.

Tram Rd, which extends from State Highway One to Oxford Rd, was a hot spot for crashes, due to the high speed limit and amount of stop signs.

"All the car accidents we have [there] is where someone has not stopped at a stop sign," Campbell said.

"And it's the people travelling along that road who get the most serious injuries, because they're still travelling along at 100 kilometres an hour."

Campbell said motorists approaching a stop sign, and those on the open road, need to be more cautious.

"Be a bit more defensive about your driving; you may be in the right - but you just need to be aware."

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