Red light runner causes crash

A driver ran a red light and crashed into other vehicles last night. Photo: Supplied.

A restricted driver running a red light crashed with two other vehicles at the intersection of Fraser Street and 15th Ave.

The three car crash delayed peak hour traffic yesterday evening.

Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager acting Senior Sergeant Wayne Hunter says the driver was taken to Tauranga Hospital’s emergency department.

He says she discharged herself before she was seen by medical staff.

The accident happened at 5.50pm. Police have no reports of other drivers being injured.

Wayne says the driver also had a passenger in the ute she was driving at the time of the crash.

“That why we have graduated licences, because of this type of thing."

Police have the driver’s details and checked her for alcohol consumption before she was taken to hospital, says Wayne.

Alcohol was not involved.

Meanwhile, police attended the scene of a single-car crash where a vehicle rolled several times down a hill last night. 

A police media spokesperson says the crash happened on State Highway 2 in Poike, near Welcome Bay Road at about 8.30pm. 

“A witness saw the vehicle swerve off the road before rolling down a hill. The vehicle rolled several times down the hill. 

“No other vehicle was involved.”



Posted on 12-01-2018 11:01 | By simple.really

How about you put red light cameras at major intersections and generate some revenue for the city? This would reduce our rates, and let the idiots pay more ! Makes sense to me.

Clap clap Capt_Kaveman

Posted on 11-01-2018 12:48 | By Eric Bantona

Good comment. So instead on focusing on the complete incompetence of the driver that chose to drive through a red light - you believe it can be solved by a roundabout. In other words its not the drivers fault, its that damn traffic light that was red. Bloody traffic lights


Posted on 10-01-2018 17:07 | By rastus

Nothing new here - I see red light runners every time I go to town - not foreigners but local lads and not only young ones - the amount of arrogance has to be seen to be believed, NZTA promised us over two years ago that they would be installing red light cameras on every set of lights - haven’t seen one set yet! - Can anyone tell me why?

No logic again from Groutby

Posted on 10-01-2018 16:53 | By maildrop

Over the years the stats show speed was a factor in 30% of fatal and 15% of minor injury crashes. So this crash is indeed one of the 85% not involving speeding. Speed is ONE of many causes and is the major one. It’s Incredible that you pick up on a story involving one of the other factors and think it somehow validates your assertion that speeding does not cause crashes. There will be others not involving speeding but none of them will make your comments correct. Slow down and act responsibly, which means obeying the law.


Posted on 10-01-2018 16:49 | By Capt_Kaveman

so many crashes here you would think Martin from TCC would do something about why people miss these red lights. id have roundabouts anyday over killer lights

Red Light Cameras

Posted on 10-01-2018 16:48 | By Robbie

I use this intersection a lot, and it would be 8 times out of 10 I see people running a red light. When are we going to get cameras installed to deter this?


Posted on 10-01-2018 15:44 | By unltd1nfantry

’That why we have graduated licences, because of this type of thing’. Being a restircted driver has nothing to do with runnning a red light.... what a load of crap!


Posted on 10-01-2018 14:49 | By maildrop

It’s one of many stupid acts where speed wasn’t a factor. But it doesn’t prove you correct in any way, shape or form with regard to your comments about speeding. If you think that you are kidding yourself. Is deliberately breaking the law part of you acting responsibly? There is a bigger picture when acting responsibly in society. Or is it a switch on switch off thing when you feel like it. A bit like laws is it, heed or ignore them as you deem fit?

Bad intersection

Posted on 10-01-2018 13:32 | By Lvdw

This is generally a really bad intersection with people running the red on it ALL THE TIME. The cops should try monitoring this intersection and fining people who skip it.


Posted on 10-01-2018 12:56 | By M. Mouse

Well done couldn’t wait 1 minute.There is injury. Loss of time for the effected drivers who wanted to pass.On top of that the financial loss.

Bad driving

Posted on 10-01-2018 12:45 | By Eric Bantona

The amount of red light jumpers is truly shocking. Having driven in many countries, both in right and left hand drive, I have never seen such disregard to red lights. Its shocking and takes something like this for people to think twice. There are plenty of comments on stories about foreigners need to take driving tests. Its not just foreigners! The driving standard in New Zealand is awful across the scale.

And that.........

Posted on 10-01-2018 10:16 | By groutby friends (and doubters) is a perfect example of why I made my comments of 9/1/2018....until we as drivers act responsibly on our public roads, this will be ongoing and indeed escalating, at ANY speed..!

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