Overnight, a deadly collision involving a vehicle in Napier involved nine persons. At 11:50 on Saturday night, a person perished at the scene of the collision on Shakespeare Rd in Napier, according to a statement from the police. Seven were brought to the hospital, while one person was not hurt. According to authorities, two of those were in severe condition and the other five were stable but would still need to stay in the hospital.
The major crash unit police were looking into it. On Sunday morning, the road was still closed. An appeal was made by the police for anybody who may have seen a dark blue Honda CRV “driving erratically in the Napier CBD previous to the incident at 11:50 pm on Saturday, or who may have dashcam or other footage of the vehicle.”
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In another incident, a car collided with a tree on Bank St. in Te Awamutu around 6.15 am on Sunday, leaving one person with critical injuries. As a result of the tragedy in Napier, 2022 is projected to be the deadliest year on New Zealand’s roads in at least five years. By Saturday, there had been 307 fatalities on the roads.
According to Ministry of Transportation data for the year ending on October 30, there were 306 fatalities on the roads by the same date in 2018, and in each of the years that followed, fewer than 300 people died on the roads during the same 10-month period. By the end of last year, New Zealand roads would have seen 320 fatalities, up from 267 on October 30.
Superintendent Steve Greally, head of the police’s road policing division, continued by stating that police were encountering “the same basic faults,” such as seatbelt violations, intoxication, distraction, and speed. Greally stated, “I’ve been in this position for seven years now, and it’s really aggravating when you think about how straightforward the solution is.
It’s really elementary stuff. We all know what to do; now all that remains is for us to really do it. Drivers alone are responsible for deciding how to operate a vehicle and whether or not to incur any risks. Police had started Operation Deterrence, which comprised network coverage, strong police visibility, and unpredictable police locations.
Greally responded by using the obvious metric of a decline in fatalities and major injuries when asked how he determined success. On Sunday, a question regarding the 2022 road toll was made to the police. They sent a statement from Greally but did not directly respond to the query. It argued that reducing fatalities and serious injuries on our roads would require a systemic approach.
Police continue to be dedicated to working with our partners Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) and the Ministry of Transport to make our roads safer. “Police are one component of the safe system – our focus is on driver behavior. “Drivers must also contribute because everyone is ultimately responsible for ensuring road safety. “Police will keep focusing on behaviors that cause fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways.”