Even though there are fewer vehicles on the road whilst under Covid Levels 4 and 3, there are still some vehicles being driven unsafely and you still need to take care whilst out walking or running.
Where there is a footpath, use it.
If no footpath:
- Walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic (except on curves, where it is best to walk on the outside of the curve);
- If possible, walk off the road, or as close as possible to the edge of the road;
- At night, wear light-coloured or reflective clothing, or carry a torch to help you be seen;
- During the day, avoid wearing dark clothing;
- Don’t use headphones/earbuds whilst walking—they limit your awareness of the environment around you;
- Avoid using your mobile phone.
If you see a car being driven unsafely, take note of the make, type (car, van etc) colour and registration number and phone 111 (if an emergency) or *555 (urgent, but not life-threatening).
Non-urgent—submit a form though https://forms.police.govt.nz/. The offender receives a letter from the police but is not charged.
If you wish to press charges you need a lodge a complaint at a Police station.
Other ways to report
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 – report crime anonymously or online at https://www.crimestoppers-nz.org/report
Thanks to Diane Wood, Treasurer of the Oratia Ratepayer & Residents Association for the content.