The decision to flee can have significant and sometimes horrific consequences for the driver, their family and friends, the public and Police.
New Zealand Police fleeing driver policy prioritises safety over the immediate apprehension of a fleeing driver.
Therefore, Police need to ensure our response to drivers who choose to flee is appropriate and proportionate to the level of risk they pose and is as safe as possible.
As part of the recommendations from the fleeing driver review ‘Fleeing drivers in New Zealand – a collaborative review of events, practices and procedures’, the Evidence Based Policing Centre was commissioned to do research into the motivations of fleeing drivers.
Police reports quarterly on our progress against the Fleeing Driver Action Plan from the review ‘Fleeing drivers in New Zealand – a collaborative review of events, practices and procedures’.
Fleeing driver research reports
Research into the motivations of fleeing drivers conducted by the Evidene Based Policing Centre (EBPC).
Fleeing driver news
Policy supporting safer approach to fleeing drivers
Police partners with Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) and the Ministry of Transport to deliver the Road to Zero Strategy for 2020-2030. It sets out our vision for a New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes.
We are committed to making our roads safer and that’s why we undertook to revise our fleeing driver policy which was released in December 2020.
The decision to flee can have significant and sometimes horrific consequences for the driver, their family and friends, the public and Police. Therefore, we need to ensure our response to drivers who choose to flee is appropriate and proportionate to the level of risk they pose and is as safe as possible.
In 2018 there were 12 deaths and 39 serious injuries. In 2019 there were eight deaths and 53 serious injuries. In 2020 there were three deaths and 37 serious injuries. These are the numbers we are concerned with changing.
More data available: Road policing driver offence data
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Police concerned about the number of pursuits?
What is a fleeing driver event?
When does a fleeing driver event start and end?
Why do drivers flee and why is the number increasing?
Under what circumstances does a fleeing driver event most often occur?
How do Police decide when to pursue or not?
Why is investigation of fleeing drivers preferred?
How have staff adapted to the safer approach to fleeing drivers?
Do you think the fleeing driver policy is sending the wrong messages to drivers that they can get away with fleeing police?
When was the fleeing driver policy last revised?
There are dangers in both abandoning and pursuing - how do we get the balance right?
What’s being done to stop persistent offenders?
We have seen the success of the eagle helicopter in Auckland catching fleeing drivers, do we need to see more choppers rolled out nationwide to help with this?