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Plea for people to stop “rubbernecking”

Emergency services say rubbernecking risks further accidents

Emergency services are pleading for the public to stop rubbernecking at crash sites.

They say it puts other motorists and the emergency services at risk.

Rubbernecking means to stare or gape inquisitively, particularly while driving to look at something interesting.

The term rubbernecking refers to the physical act of craning one's neck.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand senior firefighter Brendon Burchell says he can understand that it’s people’s nature to look, but it can be “super dangerous” for emergency service workers.

“There’s a degree where people are taking it too far. Just have a quick look and then move on.”

He says rubbernecking could cause another accident, and estimates that every second car will rubberneck at a crash site.

New Zealand Police echoed the concerns, saying things can change around you in a split second, and if you’re not paying attention you may not have time to react and avoid a crash.

“We understand that it's human to be interested in crashes and other emergencies - however when you’re driving, your focus should be on the road and getting everybody in your car to the destination safely,” says a spokesperson.

Police advise that motorists avoid crash scenes if possible, for the safety of all road users.

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non marked police cars

Posted on 19-01-2021 15:03 | By

cell phone truck drivers everyday, courier drivers all the time, sat at the traffic lights 15 ave 7 cars all using cell phones going past, including worksafe car women talking driving past. the cell phone use while driving in tauranga is horrendous, followed a car driver on the cell phone police car came into view he put the cell phone down on the passenger seat when the police car passed he picked up the cell phone and carried on talking. also stop signs, take motorway exit cambridge rd nobody stops at the stop sign, if they had a plain car and two officers there they would make there yearly salary in one day with fines, if they targeted all signs the revenue would be millions just in Tauranga alone.

Gawking

Posted on 19-01-2021 13:57 | By Told you

Human nature being what it is, you will never stop people having a look. Curiosity is a powerful emotion.

@Slim Shady

Posted on 19-01-2021 07:57 | By

#5 actually. You forgot texting but otherwise well said. I watched a truckie supposedly driving a B train on Hewletts Rd yesterday TEXTING and driving. The other that can be added to the list is taking photos whilst driving through a crash/fire scene. I was involved in a particularly nasty crash over Christmas due to the other person’s excessive speed and the amount of people taking photos and texting through the ordeal was horrendous.

No chance

Posted on 19-01-2021 07:12 | By

It doesn’t need a crash for Kiwi drivers to gawp at everyone they drive past. It’s No.4 on favourite Kiwi driving habits. Just after tailgating, speeding and running red lights.

Fine them!

Posted on 19-01-2021 07:06 | By

Title says it all