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Easter incidents ‘eerily’ similar to 2021: Police

Wednesday 20 April 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Economy, National

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Easter incidents ‘eerily’ similar to 2021: Police
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The long weekend wrapped up with the Easter holiday period showing little signs of change or improvement over last year, police say.

“What had been promising has only resulted in what may be called just a typical weekend of incidents for police,” spokesman Trevor Pitt said on Tuesday.

“Road behaviour for example, finished the weekend with another motorbike crash, which police suspect is alcohol-related.”

He said it was “eerily” similar to Easter weekend in 2021.

“Hence no real improvement overall, three crashes and two assaults on women. 

“Last year we issued an appeal for extra care on the road, and a calm and peaceful Easter. 

“It never happened. 

“This year, it was accident-free right up to Monday morning, so promising.”

Pitt said poor attitudes towards driving continue to characterise the road environment. 

Road behaviour finished the weekend with another motorbike crash, which police suspect is alcohol-related.

The incident, on the back road of Arorangi, was reported on Monday night.

A male driver with minor injuries was transported to hospital for medical attention and a blood specimen was sought for analysis.

Police later confiscated a motorbike in the town area, from a 14-year-old driver.

Police also received a complaint about a dangerous driver in Matavera.