Speeding fines are in the mail

More than 15 per cent of drivers zooming past two parked speed camera vans in the Far North during Easter Weekend were nabbed speeding.

Northland road policing manager Inspector Murray Hodson said most motorists complied with the 4km/h posted speed tolerance, although following distances were a concern and it was lucky the weather was good.

However, speed camera vans in Kaitaia and on State Highway One north of the town snapped several vehicles breaking the speed limit. Of the 603 vehicles that drove past a van in South Rd, Kaitaia, 89 clocked over the speed limit and at Awanui, 258 drivers of the 1667 vehicles that drove past could expect a speeding fine in the mail. A total of 2270 vehicles passed the camera; 347, or 15.47 per cent, were caught speeding.

Mr Hodson said it was a great result for the district considering more than 68,000 vehicles travelled past the speed camera vans during the long weekend.

"This was a significant amount of traffic and our response was to strategically deploy staff on known high-risk spots on the state highway network from Kaiwaka to Cape Reinga," Mr Hodson said.

"Many motorists reported poor driver behaviour through the *555 number and in some instances our officers were actually speaking to the offending driver when they were notified by the Communication Centre. This shows that staff were on the spot to deal with any issues on the roads."

Mr Hodson said fatigue stops were well received with more than 300 motorists stopping at a northbound stop at Uretiti on Thursday. Another 1500 stopped on the southbound State Insurance fatigue stop on Monday.

Police also spent time outside the Fritter Festival at Toll Stadium on Saturday, but no one was picked up for driving over the alcohol limit.

In the end there were no fatal or serious-injury crashes in Northland during the weekend.

- Northern Advocate

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