Emily Ireland

A succession of dangerous drivers filled Masterton District Court on Monday, with a raft of 28 charges collectively, providing an insight into the questionable behaviours happening on Wairarapa roads.

One Wairarapa man was clocked driving 180kmh, another 46-year-old man caused a New Year’s spectacle with a loud and smoky burn-out around the entire Martinborough Square, while a third man found himself literally face to face with a policeman after another burnout attempt.

Also among the 28 driving offences on Monday’s court list was a Masterton woman facing charges of driving drunk causing the death of an eight-year-old girl, as well as drunk driving causing injury — the 35-year-old will plead after a sentencing indication scheduled for later this year.

Wairarapa Road Safety Council manager Bruce Pauling said the “trauma and carnage that resulted from terrible decisions on the road is absolutely unacceptable”.

“We are not living in the ‘wild west’ days,” he said.

“We need to look at our attitudes and actions that could impact on the well-being of ourselves, our passengers and other road users going about their lawful day to day business.

“Families are destroyed through deaths and serious injuries from crashes that are entirely preventable, and from people who do not think about consequences.”

“It’s not rocket science.

“Drinking? Never drive. Seatbelts on – everybody, every trip, every time.

“Stick to the speed limits and drive to the conditions.”