Putting a hex on events

Police and media are already talking up a zero road toll for this weekend…it is way to premature…and things like this almost always put a hex on events.

The NZ Herald reports:

A zero road toll this Labour weekend would break a 36-year record, but police say it’s not just the number of fatalities they want to cut.

The official holiday period ends at 6am tomorrow. But as of last night, the long weekend road toll remained at zero, on track to be lowest since records began in 1977, when two people died.

The annual road toll is also lower than this time last year. On Friday, the toll stood at 202, compared with 235 on the same day in 2012. 

The holiday weekend hasn’t been without incident on the roads, however. Emergency services were called to Kahikatea Flat Rd near Kaukapakapa, 50km northwest of Auckland, at 7.45am yesterday after six of 30 cyclists were bowled off their bikes.

Waitemata police spokeswoman Beth Bate said that as a car passed, a cyclist on the outside of the group moved in to make room. The cyclist knocked the person beside them, who in turn knocked others off their bikes.

One cyclist was taken to hospital with moderate injuries. The other five suffered minor injuries.

Right, so the cyclists were victims of themselves. Bloody road lice.


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