4 Jan 2020

Multiple people dead in separate road crashes in North Island

9:48 pm on 4 January 2020

Police are asking holidaymakers to stay safe on the roads to prevent any further accidents this weekend.

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Photo: RNZ / Tim Brown

Two people died on the roads yesterday, in two separate crashes.

In Auckland, a pedestrian died about 10.20pm after being struck by a car on the southbound East Tamaki Road on-ramp to the Southern Motorway, in Ōtara.

Hours earlier, about 5.05pm on State Highway 1 at Waipu in Northland, one person died and another was seriously injured in a two-car collision.

Both crashes are being investigated.

Six people died on the roads during the official Christmas and New Year period.

Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Sandra Venables said motorists must remember to wear seatbelts, keep phones out of reach, avoid distractions, drive sober and watch their following distances.

She said it was promising to see after years of death and serious injuries increasing on New Zealand's roads, the numbers were starting to decline.

Police would continue their high presence and high activity on the roads, Venables said.

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