Mosgiel Senior Constable Karren Bye is frustrated by slow
drivers in Mosgiel. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Slow drivers are fast becoming a problem in Mosgiel. And
Senior Constable Karren Bye has had enough.
''Slow drivers are considered inconsiderate because they
impede the normal flow of traffic,'' she said yesterday.
Mosgiel roads were flat, straight and well maintained and
there was no excuse for motorists to drive around the town so
far under the posted speed limit, she said.
''But it has progressively gotten worse.''
The community constable confirmed she had issued an
infringement notice for a motorist driving too slowly - 38kmh
in a 50kmh zone of Factory Rd.
In a 10-minute drive around the township, the Otago Daily
Times noted several slow drivers holding up traffic,
including some who did not indicate or who pulled out in
front of vehicles.
Clutha Taieri area response manager Senior Sergeant Al Dickie
said he was driving near Henley when he observed a motorist
driving between 70kmh and 80kmh in a 100kmh zone.
The driver then sped up to 100kmh at a passing lane,
preventing others from overtaking. And after the passing
''Then they went straight back to 80kmh,'' he said.
Snr Const Bye said slow drivers caused frustration for other
motorists, some of whom were tempted to overtake in
potentially dangerous locations.
Her message was simple - use your rear-vision mirrors
''because you will see a line of traffic behind you ... so
just pull over''.
Senior Constable Lox Kellas, of Portobello, said overseas'
motorists driving too slowly on Otago Peninsula prompted
''The problem is the frustration experienced by following
motorists, especially those who know the road.
"Therefore, it increases the risk and the potential for
crashes, and there have been reports of some pretty hairy
manoeuvres over the years.''