Inspector Mel Aitken, of Dunedin, checks registration details during a checkpoint on Kaikorai Valley Rd yesterday morning. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
An hour-long driving blitz yesterday resulted in more than a
dozen drivers issued with infringement notices, while one
driver was found to owe taxpayers $23,000 in overdue fines.
This week police declared a crackdown on dodgy Dunedin
drivers, in an effort to reduce a double-digit increase in
central city crashes.
Yesterday, they pulled over dozens of motorists along
Kaikorai Valley Rd, and issued 15 infringement notices.
Dunedin Clutha Waitaki area prevention manager Inspector Mel
Aitken said infringement notices were issued for not wearing
seatbelts, using a cellphone while driving, and unregistered
and unwarranted vehicles.
One driver was found to be owing $23,000 in fines, and ''he
got taken down straight to Collections to sort out his fines
And the day got worse for the 24-year-old who was also
charged with driving while forbidden.
Insp Aitken said police made no apologies for the pop-up
traffic operations, which would continue over the coming
''We are trying to cut down on poor driving in the city.''
Yesterday's operation was ''short, sharp and with high
visibility'', and included safety messages for motorists.
This week police expressed concern over preliminary figures
showing reported crashes rose about 11% over the past year,
compared with 2012-13.
A Monday operation at the intersection of Anzac Ave and
Castle St resulted in 12 motorists issued with infringement