Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the dangerous driving behaviour currently being displayed by motorists following an operation in New Plymouth and two head-on crashes in the Bay of Plenty.
Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says a Holden Commodore crossed the centreline and crashed with a Toyota travelling in the opposite direction.
The second crash happened on Sunday afternoon, when a car crossed the centreline on SH2, near Pongakawa.
It's not just Bay residents who have been busted crossing the centreline.
New Plymouth Police ran an operation on December 29 which highlighted a number of areas of concern in relation to driving behaviour.
Of particular concern is the number of drivers regularly crossing the centre line on blind corners, says Senior Sergeant Karley Hunt.
“The photos attached were taken over a 45 minute period and show several vehicles crossing the centreline on this central New Plymouth corner on Carrington Street.
“All these incidents, as well as others seen but not photographed, could have had devastating consequences if a car was coming the other way at the same time.
“The high number of fatal and serious injury crashes over the holiday season have already left a number of people grieving due to the actions of some drivers on New Zealand roads,” says Karley.
“It's time people took this seriously and stopped taking risks behind the wheel.
“For the sake of your family, my family and the wider community family - please drive safely.
“Cutting blind corners to get somewhere faster is not worth the risk of someone losing their life or causing other unnecessary harm and victimisation to people in our community.
The infringement fee for failing to keep left is $150 and also comes at a cost of 20 demerit points.
“Rather than issue tickets and demerit points, we would much prefer it if people would consider their driver behaviour whilst out on our roads.
“That way the community around them can remain safe and uninjured.”