Top cop vents frustration with speeders

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Posted 10 July, 2024
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A "concerning number" of drivers are being caught at more than 20kmph over the limit, says the lower South's top road cop, with some doing "horrendous" speeds.

Inspector Craig Brown, Southern District Road Policing Manager, says road patrols have been dishing out tickets around Queenstown Cromwell, Ōmarama and Twizel.

One motorist was caught at double the limit, another seen driving on the wrong side of the road. Both had their vehicles impounded and were charged with dangerous driving. Three others had their licences suspended for various offences.

"It is incredibly frustrating that we are catching so many drivers who are not only risking their own lives, but also those of other road users," Brown says.

"Some of the speeds have been horrendous and coupled with winter conditions with ice and snow on the roads it is dangerous for all users.

"Our key message is that we want our motorists and visitors coming into Southern District to get home safely. Motorists need to take extra care and drive to the conditions. Extra time should be allowed when planning journeys to allow for unexpected delays that may occur due to the conditions.

Brown says patrols will continue to target speed and dangerous driving behaviour and will take enforcement action.

"Expect to see us on the road anywhere at any time."

The warning comes after two fatal crashes and another nasty smash in Queenstown Lakes over the past fortnight, although it is not yet known whether speed was a factor in any of the accidents.


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