Road deaths

There were 27 road deaths within ten days in New Zealand from March 29 to April 6 – including three in the northern Rodney area.

A Snells Beach man died following a serious crash on Sandspit road at 7.20am on Saturday, April 6.

Warkworth senior constable Jon Williams says the accidents are a reminder to slow down and drive to conditions.

“It’s about driving defensively and adapting to what is in front of us. If the road is wet or the gravel has become worn, then slow down,” he says.

“We see people who might be cautious in everyday life get behind the wheel and suddenly take risks.

As drivers, we all need to think about our behaviour and realise it’s not worth it. A mindset change is needed because we are spread out across the area and can’t always police the behaviour out of people. If everyone took responsibility for their driving, there would be fewer incidents.”

Two people died after a car crash on SH 1 at Topuni shortly before 8.50pm on March 30. Following the incident, a 19-year-old male driver is facing two charges of driving with excess breath alcohol, causing death.

Whangarei Police said in a statement that they are keen to hear from members of the public who were driving on SH1 on the evening and saw this vehicle prior to the crash, particularly in the Maungaturoto and Kaiwaka areas.

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