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A series of fa­tal crashes in the past few weeks have po­lice urg­ing mo­torists to drive care­fully.

A driver was killed in Te Poi when he failed to give way to an on com­ing bus full of pas­sen­gers. He was the only oc­cu­pant in the car. None of the bus pas­sen­gers were in­jured.

This was fol­lowed by an­other fa­tal crash in Waitoa which left one per­son dead and oth­ers taken to hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries. Po­lice say while they are still un­clear what caused the crash, it may have been a re­sult of two cars try­ing to over­take an­other ve­hi­cle. As a re­sult, one car was left in a drain and one al­most ver­ti­cal up a tree.

Mata­mata Po­lice Pre­ven­tion Of­fi­cer Aimee Searle says while it all comes down to com­mon sense, po­lice are urg­ing driv­ers to keep to the speed limit, al­ways wear a seat­belt, don’t drink and drive, avoid dis­trac­tions and stay off cell phones while driv­ing.

While car ac­ci­dents have been in­creas­ing, Searle says she is pleased there has been a de­cline in res­i­den­tial bur­glar­ies in the past week.

She says peo­ple should still re­main vig­i­lant about home and ve­hi­cle se­cu­rity. As the weather warms up, bur­glar­ies in­crease in the Mata­mata res­i­den­tial and ru­ral ar­eas.

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