Motorway Patrol

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Motorway Patrol
Motorway Patrol logo.jpg
GenreObservational Documentary Television Series
Written byRichard Larsen
StarringMotorway Patrol Officers
Narrated byDerek Judge
Composer(s)Liquid Studios
Country of originNew Zealand
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons17
No. of episodes174[1]
Production
Producer(s)Tash Christie, Wendy Tetley
Production location(s)Auckland, New Zealand
Editor(s)Adam Bazzard
Camera setupOPC, multi single-camera crews
Running time22 minutes (approx)
Production company(s)Greenstone TV
DistributorTVNZ
Release
Original networkTVNZ 2
Picture format576i
Audio formatStereo
Original release16 September 1999 –
present
Chronology
Related showsHighway Patrol (Australian TV series)
Highway Cops (NZ TV Series)
Road Cops (NZ TV Series)
External links
Website
Production website

Motorway Patrol is a New Zealand observational documentary show created by Greenstone Pictures. The show follows the daily lives of police officers patrolling the motorways of New Zealand.

The show is also shown on ITV4 and Pick in the United Kingdom.

About the show[edit]

Police pull over drivers on the motorways of Auckland for all sorts of suspected infractions of the law, including dangerous driving, speeding and when vehicles are 'unroadworthy'. There are major road accidents, suspects caught with illegal substances and much more, thus offering a certain type of drama and action for the viewer. In 2009, Australia launched its own version of the New Zealand series, titled Highway Patrol.

The show depicts the police involved in high-speed police chases, attending major road accidents, confronting out-of-control drunk drivers as well as issuing lesser penalty notices to drivers.[2] Each episode follows the progress of a select few incidents involving various Highway Patrol officers, from the first encounter by the officers through to the officers leaving the scene, with the exception that occasionally the officers will escort a driver back to a police station for the purpose of a breath test or blood sample. Fines, court convictions and demerit points issued in relation to each incident are shown in a voiced-over addendum at the end.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

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11TBA16 September 1999 (1999-09-16)
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22TBATBA
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33"Party Mates"TBA
An illegal driver attempts to swap seats right under the nose of police. Members of the public help officers to foil a group of car thieves and a drunk drivers' passenger offers a barrage of dubious advice to police.
44TBATBA
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55TBATBA
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66TBATBA
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77TBATBA
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88TBATBA
A wheel flies off a boat trailer and sparks a search for drugs, a car cuts off a truck and discover the expensive way a new immigrant learned the local road rules.
99TBATBA
An unlicensed driver is caught on a dodgy scooter, emergency services scramble when a car flips in rush hour traffic and a slow learner gets rumbled when his car stops for a rest.
1010TBATBA
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Season 2[edit]

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111TBATBA
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122TBATBA
A drunk driver rolls and wrecks his car and still tries to drive home; the havoc on a rainy day goes from bad to worse; and a comic migrant makes some new friends after a dangerous motorway smash.
133"Trucker With Stick"TBA
Officers contend with a rapid series of crashes and get more than they bargain for when he investigates a parked car.
144TBATBA
A wayward trampoline triggers roadside lies and deception, a mystery hit-and-run motorist leaves a damning clue behind and there's clean-up chaos when a truck loses its load of strawberries.
155"Diabetic Coma"TBA
A young girl's life is in danger when her father passes out at the wheel in the middle of the motorway, and Adrian handles commuters in conflict.
166TBATBA
177"Drag Racers"TBA
Two drag racing motorcyclists are stopped in their tracks, a date goes sour for one beltless Romeo, there's a lucky escape in a Ute-versus-Truck incident, and someone's forgotten to merge.
188"Pufferfish"TBA
A van rams a totara tree, four tipsy boys in a dinghy need rescuing and an angry passenger works himself into a lather.
199TBATBA
2010TBATBA
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Season 3[edit]

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211TBA2001 (2001)
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222TBA2001 (2001)
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233TBA2001 (2001)
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244TBA2001 (2001)
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255TBA2001 (2001)
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266TBA2001 (2001)
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277TBA2001 (2001)
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288TBA2001 (2001)
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299TBA2001 (2001)
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3010TBA2001 (2001)
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Season 4[edit]

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311TBA2002 (2002)
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322TBA2002 (2002)
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333TBA2002 (2002)
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344TBA2002 (2002)
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355TBA2002 (2002)
An unlicensed high speed racer loses his car when he's caught on radar, a seventeen year old driver breaks all the rules and an unwell driver pays the price for following too close.
366TBA2002 (2002)
Granny's furniture takes a beating when an out of control car blasts off the motorway and a school of canoeists is left up the creek (without a paddle) when their trailer wipes out.
377TBA2002 (2002)
A drunk driver rolls and wrecks his car and still tries to drive home, the havoc on a rainy day goes from bad to worse and a comic migrant makes some new friends after a dangerous motorway smash.
388TBA2002 (2002)
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399TBA2002 (2002)
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4010TBA2002 (2002)
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Season 5[edit]

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411"Motorway Runner"2003 (2003)
A driver tries to escape from police, officers stop a boy racer's pink sticker scam and a driver so drunk he doesn't know he's lost a wheel.
422TBA2003 (2003)
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433"Drugs & Gun"2003 (2003)
A shocking crash on a motorway reveals a stash of weapons and drugs and officers go to the aid of victims of a hit-and-run.
444"Trucker With Stick"2003 (2003)
Officers contend with a rapid series of crashes and get more than they bargain for when he investigates a parked car.
455"Diabetic Coma"2003 (2003)
A young girl's life is in danger when her father passes out at the wheel in the middle of the motorway, and officers handle commuters in conflict.
466"Truck T-Bones"2003 (2003)
A woman lies trapped in her wrecked car after being hit by a truck, and officers learn that God moves in mysterious ways.
477"SCU"2003 (2003)
Officers find a dog in a dangerous situation, and encounter a driver who claims to be the victim of stand-over tactics.
488TBA2003 (2003)
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499TBA2003 (2003)
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5010TBA2003 (2003)
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Season 6[edit]

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511"Pt Chev Pursuit"TBA
Officers encounter a half-naked man on the Harbour Bridge, and pursue a drunk driver who resists arrest. Then, go to the aid of a pregnant woman when her car crashes.
522"Truck Over Viaduct"TBA
A provocative licence plate catches the eye of officers, police attempt to shut down some illegal street-racing, and a crash causes a truck to plummet from the Newmarket Viaduct.
533TBATBA
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544TBATBA
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555TBATBA
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566"Car Inferno"TBA
Officers join the search for a missing schoolboy and a motorist accidentally sets his car alight.
577"Maori Sovereignty"TBA
A caravan loses a wheel on the Victoria overbridge and Andy McBeth works to avert gridlock. Also, a motorist presents Bruce with a Maori sovereignty driver's license.
588TBATBA
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599TBATBA
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6010TBATBA
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Season 7[edit]

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Title Original air date
611"P Doggy"2005 (2005)
A wayward motorist is bouncing off cars in rush hour traffic but remembers nothing. Is he high on drugs or just exhausted? One crash leads to another when rubber-neckers put their own lives in danger, and a pungent odour can't be ignored.
622"Sibling Rivalry"2005 (2005)
A high-speed pursuit causes a little sibling rivalry and ends up with a young female driver in handcuffs. We are first on the scene when a scooter rider has an encounter with a heavy truck and we meet a pedestrian who just can't stay off the motorway.
633"Pinball Wizard"2005 (2005)
A drunk driver loses control and plays pinball with his car and its occupants, and Constable Brett Harold proves that you can take the boy out of the farm but you can't take the farm out of the boy. Also, marchers on the Harbour Bridge must be stopped.
644TBA2005 (2005)
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655"No Horseplay"2005 (2005)
Some Kiwi ingenuity gets a family of farmers home following a nasty shunt, officers deal with a truck fire that just won't go out and why the motorway is no place for a photo shoot.
666"Slippery When Wet"2005 (2005)
An unlicensed driver spins out of control and lands upside down on the rocks. A factory in flames threatens to burn out of control and some fast food policing is on the menu.
677"Triple Sandwich"2005 (2005)
Three damaged vehicles are stuck in the path of fast lane traffic. Slow and steady wins the race for a grumpy old driver plus a car that really is a mobile work of art.
688"Truck Hi 5"2005 (2005)
A truck carrying high pressure gas bottles slams into a concrete bridge, a speeder who thinks he knows better than the cops and a Russian visitor proves too much of a distraction.
699"Speedy Sparky"2005 (2005)
A speeding electrician sparks off too much attention, plus a mercy mission for a seabird stranded on the motorway, and why a six-lane motorway just can't be used as a pedestrian crossing.
7010"Board Stupid"2005 (2005)
Three in the morning is a strange time to be sunbathing, especially on the motorway. A drunk driver takes a wrong turn and heads straight into oncoming traffic, plus being disqualified from driving is nothing to laugh about.

Season 8[edit]

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TBA1"Power Pursuit"TBA
A high velocity chase suddenly leads to a runner on the motorway, a bus full of children has a close shave and a case of taxi rage keeps our officers on their toes.
TBA2"Head Loose"TBA
Motorway Patrol arrives just in time as a pedestrian is moments from death in the fast lane. Then, it's the opening night of the brat pack comeback tour and who let the dogs out?
TBA3"Self Control"TBA
Divine intervention saves a family returning from church, sparks fly as a car with three wheels lights up the night sky, and a speeding driver tries to rap his way out of trouble.
TBA4"Ute Pursuit"TBA
The hunt is on for a runaway thief at large in a powerful stolen ute, a van is ablaze in the city centre and a truckie with loose nuts almost loses his load.
TBA5"Triway or the Highway"TBA
A 'no tyre flyer' causes madness on a bridge, an unlucky driver finds himself stranded in the fast lane and it's a close shave for a Brazilian in the bush.
TBA6"Delta Force"TBA
Police catch a wayward drunk after an all-night drinking binge, it's a race against time to find a missing driver, and just how many teenagers can you fit into a station wagon?
TBA7"3 in a Rav"TBA
A stolen Rav 4 races through suburban streets with police in pursuit. A car is found crashed - but who was the driver? Also, hear a new excuse for being caught out for speeding.
TBA8"Kid Rock"TBA
A driver breaks down but still beats the odds, a Good Friday holidaymaker almost costs lives, and see why people near motorways shouldn't throw stones.
TBA9"Mike Kind Of Guy"TBA
tracking down a speeding motorist who knows he's done wrong, and a drunk driver's rampage through a busy set of roadworks.
TBA10"Motorbike Mad Dash"TBA
a speeding biker cause a medical emergency, a small truck take a big dump on the Southern Motorway, and an impatient van driver's meltdown.

Season 9[edit]

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TBA1"3 Spikes"TBA
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TBA2"Barrier to Bonnet"TBA
An emergency situation arises following a hideous truck versus car on State Highway 1. Plus a shortsighted attempt to stonewall the New Zealand Police.
TBA3"Blood Bank"TBA
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TBA4"Triple Pink"TBA
Mayhem is caused with some modified cars, a language barrier complicates the logistics of police business, and an unusual personalised plate also features.
TBA5"Caught For Court"TBA
A fast car prepares to make the jump into hyper-space, while for another driver, the pace is glacial. Also, a man on his way to a Steely Dan concert ends up seeing The Police instead.
TBA6TBATBA
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TBA7"Loose Legnum"TBA
a cat and mouse chase on the back streets of Auckland and grain waves all over the Southern Motorway.
TBA8"Trap terror"TBA
a tarpaulin in mid air, a porkfest in South Auckland and a rough beginning to life in New Zealand.
TBA9"Red Light Racer"TBA
real drama on the side of the road as a mum's down on the ground; a young man causes mayhem driving a high performance car and at the other end of the scale, a knackered car is also about to leave the road for good.
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Season 10[edit]

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TBA1"Blackstreet Bolter"TBA
high speed street racing, a speeding driver holds back the truth, meet the guy who did a star turn in front of our cameras, and a broken down truck reveals more than expected.
TBA2"A Smashing Domestic"TBA
an epic roadside domestic, a car gets cooked at Spaghetti Junction, Slipknot fans are caught swerving and there's motorway comedy with Flight of the Swan-chords.
TBA3"Cycling Frenzy"TBA
A berserk bike-rider needs restraining, Canadian pedestrians complete with blessings and gingerbeer and a swinging 60's party bus gets busted.
TBA4"Attenuator Crash"TBA
a serious crash involving a signal truck and a drunk driver, a sweet-talking Russian cyclist who's lost her way and Granny finds out that driving in first gear will eventually make your car burst into flames.
TBA5"Caravan Roll"TBA
there's a caravan catastrophe, boys, beers and full bladders en route to the Big Day Out, and a driver's skid marks reveal the truth about his 'little accident.'.
TBA6"A Smashing Night"TBA
Several cars are smashed-up on the Southern and there's a bourbon 'n' coke bonanza. Meanwhile, two other motorists may have been using their can for cannabis.
TBA7"Red Racer"TBA
Two mates mistake the motorway for a PlayStation game, an 'Olden Holden' gets searched for firearms, and it takes three patrol cars to get a drunk truckie off the road.
TBA8"Car Fire"TBA
A car gets incinerated on the Harbour Bridge, a roadside tree gets some impromptu tree surgery, and an illegal number plate stands in the way of a groom and his wedding.
TBA9"Private Racetrack"TBA
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TBA10"A Big Hit"TBA
The wheels fall off for one unlucky motorist, another one takes out the spotlight, there's a tomato avalanche and a drunken 'shuffler' proves NZ has no talent.

Season 11[edit]

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Title Original air date
TBA1"Early Morning Snooze"13 October 2011 (2011-10-13)
Police catch a wayward drunk after an all-night drinking binge, it's a race against time to find a missing driver, and just how many teenagers can you fit into a station wagon?
TBA2"Grim Reaper"20 October 2011 (2011-10-20)
A routine stop accelerates to full-blown pursuit, a lucky escape from a flipped van and a cheeky pedestrian on the booze.
TBA3"Down a Ditch"27 October 2011 (2011-10-27)
A man running from Police ends up in a ditch, some very ropey trailer DIY and three men in a pulsating bongo van.
TBA4"Bloody Barrier Mystery"3 November 2011 (2011-11-03)
A scary Halloween skid leaves two women trapped, unrestrained toddlers, and everything's expired for an unlucky driver
TBA5"Bloody Sideways Shunt"10 November 2011 (2011-11-10)
A bloody sideways shunt sparks two conflicting stories and officers catch a clever repair trick.
TBA6"Car Pursuit"17 November 2011 (2011-11-17)
A wanted motorcyclist is brought to heel, a car thief falls asleep on the job and a pair of drunk drivers crash out; one into a lamp post and the other out cold.
TBA7"A Real Mouthful"24 November 2011 (2011-11-24)
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TBA8"Bonnet Bash on Bridge"1 December 2011 (2011-12-01)
The mullet makes a return, a couple of trucks are in trouble and there is a multi-car nose-to-tail on Auckland's Harbour Bridge.
TBA9"Truck Rock & Roll"8 December 2011 (2011-12-08)
An overstayer with an overloaded trailer, a trapped kid and a serious crash leaves a man fingerless.
TBA10TBA15 December 2011 (2011-12-15)
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Season 12[edit]

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TBA1TBA6 September 2012 (2012-09-06)
A high speed chases featuring both man and dog, a hallucinogenic Honda with windscreen issues and an angry man has an about-face.
TBA2TBA13 September 2012 (2012-09-13)
an out-of-control Nifty-Fifty, a man is caught on camera disobeying orders and an angry man who has forgotten his manners.
TBA3TBA20 September 2012 (2012-09-20)
a Maserati gets clocked at high speed and, while one car takes a swim in a suburban pool, another heads for some seaside mangroves.
TBA4TBA27 September 2012 (2012-09-27)
two drunk drivers end up with very expensive evenings, five triumphant young men and a dodgy looking load belonging to some Guy Fawkes enthusiasts.
TBA5TBA4 October 2012 (2012-10-04)
a drunk and drugged driver unsuccessfully tries to evade police, a dodgy rego lands a passenger in the cells and the beginnings of a beautiful motorway bromance.
TBA6TBA11 October 2012 (2012-10-11)
a drunk driver fails to back out of a roadside checkpoint, girl racers cry foul and there’s a naked false alarm near the Harbour Bridge.
TBA7TBA18 October 2012 (2012-10-18)
a drunk driver fears the wrath of Mother, a drunk speeder loses a wheel and a broken down bus of Senegalese musicians perform an impromptu roadside jam.
TBA8TBA23 October 2012 (2012-10-23)
a young drunk trapped in a time warp, a horse truck with blown tyres, and - in separate incidents - two drunk drivers try and grab forty winks on the motorway.
TBA9TBA1 November 2012 (2012-11-01)
a truck full of ice goes for a six, a drunk driver who seems to have lost her trousers and an overexcited ute full of men off to a stag party.
TBA10"Spartacus Stuntman"8 November 2012 (2012-11-08)
Two women and a puppy acting suspiciously, Rugby World Cup high spirits and, after a scuffle with police, a drunk driver protests his innocence.

Season 13[edit]

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Season 14[edit]

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TBA1TBA13 February 2014 (2014-02-13)
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TBA2TBA20 February 2014 (2014-02-20)
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TBA3TBA6 March 2014 (2014-03-06)
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TBA4TBA13 March 2014 (2014-03-13)
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TBA5TBA20 March 2014 (2014-03-20)
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TBA6TBA27 March 2014 (2014-03-27)
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TBA7TBA3 April 2014 (2014-04-03)
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TBA8TBA9 September 2014 (2014-09-09)
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TBA9TBA16 September 2014 (2014-09-16)
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TBA10TBA30 September 2014 (2014-09-30)
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Season 15[edit]

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Title Original air date
TBA1TBA10 February 2015 (2015-02-10)
An adrenalin fueled biker attempts a crash and dash after bailing on the Southern Motorway, a truck and car mumbo whilst merging, and one commuter gets caught out in the T2 lane
TBA2TBA17 February 2015 (2015-02-17)
Caught short and caught out on the Southern, drunken cross-lane wanderings, and things go from bad to worse for a pair of checkpoint dodgers
TBA3TBA24 February 2015 (2015-02-24)
One drunk driver leaves a path of destruction behind him before coming a cropper himself, a little house creates a big hold up and a speeder gets sprung going 165km.
TBA4TBA3 March 2015 (2015-03-03)
A game of hide and seek goes very wrong for one hapless motorist, it’s love at first sight for two stranded ladies, and an un-licensed driver gets back on his bike.
TBA5TBA10 March 2015 (2015-03-10)
Speeding, smashed, and smashed up, sparks fly for one driver, an over ambitious 4WD attempts to take on a truck, and looking on the bright side of pink stickers.
TBA6TBA17 March 2015 (2015-03-17)
Wind gusts and wobbles cause a caravan to jack-knife across three lanes, the Cannonball run becomes a morning of no fun for one speeding fan and a mystery driver has an officer perplexed.
TBA7TBA24 March 2015 (2015-03-24)
Helicopters, Dogs and patrol cars out in force in search of a checkpoint dodger, a mystery vehicle on the side of the road leaves everybody guessing, and confusion cuts a commute short for one motorist.
TBA8TBA31 March 2015 (2015-03-31)
A spectacular crash and some frantic searching leave officers speculating. Plus, how many rugby players can you fit into one vehicle?
TBA9TBA7 April 2015 (2015-04-07)
Aggressive drivers, loud-mouthed lads, blown truck tyres and repeat offenders keep Motorway Patrol officers busy.
TBA10TBA14 April 2015 (2015-04-14)
Unlucky shoplifters get caught in the get-away car, all riled up and no-where to go, and duck tales on the side of the motorway.

Season 16[edit]

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TBA1TBA30 March 2017 (2017-03-30)
lives could be on the line when a runaway vehicle charges straight at police. And a man so drunk, he can't remember his address.
TBA2TBA6 April 2017 (2017-04-06)
Two heroes stop a drunk driver but the fallout has to be seen to be believed. And why does a well-dressed young woman get escorted by police to a work do?
TBA3TBA20 April 2017 (2017-04-20)
Dramatic scenes unfold as a car catches fire; a Kiwi stag night ditches the Aussie brother-in-law to be; and a car crash leads to some unusual behaviour on the side of the motorway.
TBA4TBA27 April 2017 (2017-04-27)
A sniper attack on the motorway puts police on full alert; and a man tries to run from police on foot but reckons without nature interfering.
TBA5TBA11 May 2017 (2017-05-11)
When a truckie ignores the rules, he unleashes carnage on the motorway. And a man who looks like a chimney sweep needs police help.
TBA6TBA18 May 2017 (2017-05-18)
An idiotic pedestrian is lucky to be alive after a stroll down the motorway; and a commuter spies another driver doing something he shouldn't.
TBA7TBA1 June 2017 (2017-06-01)
An angry woman breaks the law but demands police help; a dim car thief gets caught on camera; and there's the strangest of incidents involving a drive shaft and 11 cars.
TBA8TBA8 June 2017 (2017-06-08)
A driver flees a late night crash scene; a chainsaw wielding biker attracts police attention; and one of the weirdest breakdowns you'll see.
TBA9TBA15 June 2017 (2017-06-15)
When there's a big pile-up on the Southern Motorway, several cars take off from the scene. But can they escape punishment?
TBA10TBA22 June 2017 (2017-06-22)
Police get way more than they bargain on when they pursue a fleeing driver; and meet one of the drunkest men you'll ever see.

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