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Police 'extremely disappointed' over toll

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/12/2016

Police have expressed extreme disappointment in the number of road deaths so far over the Christmas and New Year holidays, saying all were avoidable.

Halfway through the official holiday period, there have been 12 fatalities, equal to last summer's total.

The latest death was that of a motorcyclist, who crashed in the Otago town of Cromwell on Thursday morning.

"Police are extremely disappointed in the road toll so far this holiday period," national road policing manager Superintendent Steve Greally said.

"While these crashes are all under investigation, and it is too early to speculate on causes, I can say with some confidence that they were all avoidable."

Supt Greally said it was significant that a third of the fatalities had been motorcyclists.

"Every time you approach a car - or motorbike - with keys in your hands, you need to be aware that your decisions affect more than just yourself," he said.

"A serious crash is a traumatic event. It's traumatic for those involved in the crash, their loved ones and all the emergency staff who have to respond."

The official holiday period began at 4pm last Friday and will end at 6am next Wednesday.

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