12 Mar 2018

Police pursuits: Call for ban grows after fatal crash

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 12 March 2018

The police are facing renewed criticism of their pursuit policy after three people were killed near Nelson yesterday morning when a car being chased smashed head-on into another.

Two people in the car being chased died, along with the driver of the other car. They were the latest in a series of fatal pursuit crashes, and lawyer Deborah Manning says no offence deserves what too often turns out to be a death sentence.

Road safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson, from the Dog and Lemon website, says New Zealand should follow the lead of many overseas jurisdictions and ban pursuits unless life is in danger.

Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Sandra Venables discusses the issue with Guyon Espiner.