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Police send hip hop road safety message

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/07/2016

Forget lights and sirens, police are using hip hop to pull over young drivers.

Police and Auckland Transport have teamed up with King Kapisi for a new song they hope will send a message to young drivers who put their lives and the lives of others at risk for a "cheap thrill".

"We want people to realise the buzz they think they might get from speeding and trying to get away from the police is just not worth the risk - there are better ways to have fun," Kapisi said.

Police have identified a trend in young drivers fleeing from officers.

It's mostly young men failing to stop when requested and then driving dangerously to escape, says national road policing manager Superintendent Steve Greally.

As a result, around 16 per cent of those incidents result in crashes.

"When people die on our roads their their families and friends are affected forever, and it is generally police officer who have to let the victim's loved ones know," he said.

"Police do not want to see anyone die needlessly on our roads."

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