Whakatane Police disappointed at number of weekend crashes

Police are reeling at the number of car crashes over the weekend.

Sergeant Ray Wylie, Road Policing Manager Eastern Bay of Plenty says they attended ten crashes between Friday afternoon and 5.30pm on Sunday.

He says initial indications are that failure to recognise the wet conditions and drive to them was a factor in most of the crashes, with drivers not slowing down enough to successfully negotiate bends and corners and losing control of their vehicles.

In two of the crashes, alcohol is also suspected to have been a contributing factor.

Sergeant Wylie says this is hugely disappointing, considering six drivers are believed to have died on Eastern Bay of Plenty roads this year alone due to driving impaired by alcohol.

He says police also focused on boy-racer type activity over the weekend, seizing one car for this type of offending.

Sergeant Wylie is urging people to pay attention to the basics as summer kicks off, like wearing a seatbelt, not driving while impaired or distracted, and staying below the speed limit.

Emma Griffiths