Peter Sowter, crash scene investigator


Released 26/11/2019

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Three motorbikes are riding a windy back-country road. Exciting, slow techno music plays.

Camera cuts to Peter Sowter sitting in uniform, facing someone just off camera.

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Peter - "I've been riding since I was 19. You're so much more part of the environment you're riding through."

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Close-ups and mid-shots of riders on country roads.

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Peter - "You can feel the wind. You're so much more alive! That's why I like riding."

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Peter is sitting, looking just off camera.

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Peter - "But it also brings its own challenges."

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Peter inspecting a crashed motorbike inside a warehouse from multiple angles.

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Peter - "As part of the role I have in the Serious Crash Unit, every time I go to one where there's a motor bike, it hits home because it's something I'm passionate about. I always question what could have been done to change that equation so that that rider got home to their family."

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Peter is walking down a hallway, then scene cuts to him talking to a colleague at a computer.

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Peter - "I've looked at what's happening with motorcycle crashes for the past 10 years and I was surprised to learn that 70% of all fatal crashes were caused by the rider's actions. 

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Peter is standing by a police vehicle on a rural road, taking photos and readings of the road.

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Peter - "So therefore it's not always the roads, it's not always the other drivers. It comes down to rider ability."

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Peter is walking into a Police station and giving a presentation to a class.

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Peter - "The Ride Forever programme makes a difference. And I've enjoyed every single one I've been on...

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Peter is driving in a police car on a rural road.

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Peter - "...cause every time I do a course I've always picked up a skill or re-learned a skill that I'd forgotten. There's always something more to learn.

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Peter and two other motorcyclists are having a coffee outside a cafe.

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Peter - "The moment you stop learning is the moment you should stop riding. 

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Three riders are winding through a rural road.

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Peter - "As riders if we improve ourselves we'd stand a better chance of not having a fatal or serious crash."

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Screen fades to black. 

Words come on-screen: RIDEFOREVER.CO.NZ

The ACC and Ride Forever logos appear.