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Motorists warned over risky driving

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/01/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">A woman who let her child drive and a man who drove with a six metre trampoline on top of his car have been warned by police over their risky driving.</span> © SNPA A woman who let her child drive and a man who drove with a six metre trampoline on top of his car have been warned by police over their risky driving. Risky drivers have drawn the ire of police after one drove with a six metre trampoline on the top of his car and another let her nine-year-old daughter get behind the wheel.

The first driver was spotted driving at just 20km/h at Beach Haven on the North Shore on Tuesday morning with the trampoline tied loosely by a thin rope.

"If he'd been going any faster the tramp would have fallen off," Sergeant Brett Campbell-Howard said after pulling over the man.

The trampoline, which was hanging more than a metre over each side of the car, was being taken less than a kilometre according to the driver, who didn't want to pull it apart for such a short journey.

"After I explained that the fine for an (unsecured) load was $600 and that the trampoline could have easily come off in a gust of wind and hit a pedestrian, the driver agreed that his method of moving it was probably not the best way," Sgt Campbell-Howard said.

Another driver was let off with a warning just hours later after allowing her daughter to drive on a public but residents-only access road at Paremoremo.

The woman told police she intended to pull on the handbrake if her daughter got out of control.

"These are two incidents within only a few hours of each other that could have ended disastrously," Sgt Campbell-Howard said.

"Please, if you're on a public road that is being used by other motorists, think about what could go wrong before you do something risky."

He said accidents happen but the preventable ones are the most frustrating for emergency services.

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