Police snapped over 20 drivers speeding through Te Puke roadworks in less than two hours this morning. The Western Bay of Plenty Road Policing Unit set up a checkpoint at the roadworks on Te Puke Highway between Bell Road and Poplar Lane where a temporary 30km/h speed limit was in force, according to a written statement from police.
Over a 90-minute period 26 vehicles were stopped and infringements issued for speeds over 50km/h. Four of those were heavy vehicles.
Sergeant Craig Madden is disappointed with the results.
"It's the road workers who are at risk of injury and potential death if hit by a vehicle travelling at that speed," he said. "Police will continue to monitor and enforce speeds in roadwork areas."
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Speeding and travelling too fast for the conditions are contributing factors in around one-third of all fatal crashes and 15 per cent of all injury crashes.