The radio warned us State Highway 1 would be busy yesterday and as we headed home from Christchurch it was.
However, drivers going in both directions were being careful and considerate.
Then a car came up behind us.
We were at the back of a line of traffic, all travelling at the speed limit. Passing would require a car to go considerably faster and with 10 more cars in front of us little would be achieved.
That didn’t stop the driver behind us who pulled out, overtook and got very close to the next vehicle in front.
The car kept swerving to the right and the left,. We presumed the driver was trying to see if the road ahead was clear.
Eventually it was, as far as we could see but that wasn’t very far which was why there was a long yellow no-passing line.
The yellow line meant nothing to the driver in front who pulled out and passed the next vehicle, pulling back to his side of the road just before the brow of a hill.
Had anyone been coming the other way there would have been a very big mess.
Fortunately there wasn’t but what if there was a next time?
I wasn’t prepared to risk it and rang *555.
My call was answered immediately and dealt with efficiently.
A few kilometres on we saw a police car indicating to pull out. My farmer slowed to allow it to go ahead of us and shortly afterwards we saw its lights flashing in the distance.
When we got closer we saw the vehicle it had stopped wasn’t the one we’d called about.
We stopped, I got out and told the officer we’d called *555 but not about this vehicle.
He rolled off the registration number of the car we’d reported and said they’d had calls about the one he’d stopped too and someone else would be on the look out for the other one.
Traffic police are often criticised as revenue gatherers.
We rarely praise them for keeping roads safer as the officer we saw yesterday was doing but people the length and breadth of the country get home safely because of the work he and his colleagues do and they deserve our thanks.