Tasmania Police launch new Kia Stinger highway patrol car, which crashes two days later
A Tasmanian policeman has been taken to hospital after his new patrol car rammed another vehicle traveling in the same direction on Tasmania’s main highway on Friday night.
- Tasmania Police showcased the new Kia Stinger highway patrol car on social media on Wednesday
- The same car was involved in an accident on the Midland Highway on Friday, with the driver taken to hospital
- The Tasmania Police Professional Standards Unit is monitoring the investigation, police said
Police said the acting sergeant, in his late 50s, was airlifted to Royal Hobart Hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The three occupants of the other car were not injured.
Police said crash investigators were carrying out investigations and the Tasmania Police Professional Standards Unit would monitor the investigation.
The crash comes two days after Tasmania Police publicly launched their new Kia Stinger Highway Patrol vehicles, which they say “add to the wide range of high-visibility assets available to the new Traffic Services unit. road police”.
The car involved in Friday’s crash is the same car policy featured in its Wednesday announcement.
On Thursday it was announced that Inspector Gary Williams had ‘started in the brand new role of state traffic safety coordinator’.
“We’re doing everything we can to make our roads safer, including these brand new highway patrol vehicles, and we’re using other resources like drones and our Community Evidence Portal to help us track down traffic violators.” , Inspector Williams said in a statement Thursday.
“Talk to your family, talk to your friends, talk to your kids, about making the right choices on our roads and being clear that none of us should take any chances or think we’re above the rules.
“Being ‘a good driver’ is irrelevant. It’s time everyone took road safety seriously.”
It is unclear how many new Kia patrol cars the police have on Tasmanian roads.