Police pursuits claiming more lives
The number of people killed during police pursuits has increased every year since 2014.
Police statistics released under the Official Information Act show 29 people were killed between 2013 and 2017 during police pursuits.
The latest deadly chase claimed the lives of a 12-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy when they veered off the road near Palmerston North last week.
This came after Porirua teen Bailey Patmore, 15, died when the driver of a stolen car crashed near Tawa last month while fleeing police.
Patmore, who was in the boot at the time, was one of six people, most under the age of 17, in the hatchback.
The deaths bring the total number of people killed in police pursuits this year to eight. There are thousands of chases every year.
In 2016, there were 3323 police pursuits nationwide, and 3141 chases up until October 2017.
On average, just over half of those are abandoned due to speed, endangering the public, losing the fleeing vehicle or for other reasons.
Police refused to say what the top speed reached during a police pursuit was as ‘‘making that information public could endanger the safety of any person’’ and sensationalise chases.