Police gunning for speedsters

By Staff reporter

Police will out in large numbers at Labour Weekend, enforcing a reduced speed tolerance.

The tolerance for vehicles exceeding the speed limit will be reduced to 4km between 4pm on Friday and 6am on Tuesday. Officers in mobile and stationary patrols will breath-test every driver stopped. Slow drivers who may impede traffic flows will also be targeted.

Last Friday night, Wanganui motorists were made aware of the police presence in the city when 1409 vehicles were stopped in a police breath-testing operation. Six drivers were over the alcohol limit, eight cars were impounded for various offences and an arrest was made for possession with intent to supply class C (cannabis) and class B (cannabis oil).

Central Districts Senior Sergeant Kris Burbery said additional police patrols, including the Highway Patrol and Traffic Alcohol Group, would be out in force at Labour Weekend, covering the major arterial highways and the district's areas of risk.

Police said they wanted a fatality free holiday weekend and a reduction in crashes and injuries and urged motorists to drive with care.

During the 2011 Labour Weekend, there was one fatality in the Central District when a motorcyclist died after crashing into a powerpole at Okoia.

Nationally, there were eight fatalities.

Police would display zero tolerance to those not using seatbelts or who failed to ensure children were properly restrained in a vehicle, Mr Burbery said.

"Given the number of additional staff working over this period, I am sure drivers on the road will be very aware of the police presence and have some comfort that they will be there to enhance safety and deal with offenders."

Any driver detected exceeding the tolerance would be stopped by police and enforcement action would be taken.

"It's all about being sensible and responsible.

"All drivers have a part to play in road safety and setting the standards to ensure every journey is a safe journey," Mr Burbery said.

A "driver reviver" site would be set up on SH1 at Ohakea on Monday, so drivers could take a break.


Key road safety messages

Buckle up - all drivers and occupants of vehicles must wear their seatbelts and other vehicle restraints.

Avoid fatigue - take plenty of breaks

Drive to the conditions, be focused and flexible.

Prepare your vehicle for any travelling - make sure it is roadworthy.

registered and warranted.

Allow plenty of time to get to your destination.

Keep to the speed limits.

Don't drink and drive.

Don't use mobile phones while driving.


- Wanganui Chronicle

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