News from NZ Police
A large number of drivers are not heeding the Police warning about a lowered speed tolerance over the holiday period. Police are issuing tickets to drivers detected driving any more than 4km over the speed limit, and traffic cameras have also been set to issue tickets for this speed.
Many holiday makers travelling north have not been heeding this message. Inspector Mark Fergus, Waitematā Road Policing Manager says that during a 6 hour period yesterday, over 600 cars were photographed exceeding the speed limit in the notorious Dome Valley black-spot.
Inspector Fergus says that the Dome Valley has one of the country’s highest crash rates, many of these crashes are related to speed. Police will be heavily targeting this, and other risk areas on the holiday routes north of Auckland, to ensure drivers keep their speed down and complete their journeys safely.
Highway Patrol officers and Traffic Safety cameras will be checking speeds, and issuing tickets to those who fail to keep to the speed limit. “Not all Christmas surprises are good ones, and there are going to be lot of drivers receiving more than late Christmas cards in the mail early next year”.
News from NZ Police – December 23
Early morning alcohol check points have identified five drivers on the Auckland motorway who had exceeded the legal alcohol limit, and identified another impaired by drugs. The driver of one vehicle stopped earlier in the evening exceeded the legal alcohol limit and the vehicle keys were removed. The same vehicle was stopped a second time a short time later after a passenger hot wired the vehicle and continued driving it. This second driver was also exceeding the legal alcohol limit. A further passenger from the same vehicle then damaged a police vehicle and was arrested.
A vehicle collision near Drury was caused by fatigue after the driver fell asleep and collided with the central crash barrier.
The Police would like to reinforce to drivers of the need to remain sober, reduce their speed and not drive when tired. Police are dismayed with the choices made by some Auckland drivers who continued to drive after consuming alcohol or drugs.