29 May 2018

'There is no silver bullet' - police defend pursuit policy

From Morning Report, 7:35 am on 29 May 2018

Police are defending their pursuit policies after a double fatality near Palmerston North on Monday afternoon. A 15-year-old boy who was driving a stolen car and a 12-year-old girl, who was a front seat passenger, died after the Subaru they were in crashed into a power pole. It brings the number of people killed while fleeing police in the past two years to 21, five in the last month alone. A 15-year-old girl who was in the back seat is in hospital in a serious condition. The National Manager for Road Policing Superintendent Steve Greally tells Susie Ferguson the pursuit policy is fit for purpose - and that the majority of pursuits - 55 percent - are called off.