Notices issued as police target tardy drivers

Inspector Mel Aitken, of Dunedin, checks registration details during a checkpoint on Kaikorai Valley Rd yesterday morning.  Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
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 warrant''.

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 weeks.

''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 notices.

- hamish.mcneilly@odt.co.nz

Someone hasn't thought this through

Whilst I applaud the efforts of police and their attempt to make our roads safer, I feel that check points are more about revenue collection rather than the identification of bad driving.

Mobile police patrols are much more likely to observe the type of driver that is likely to end up having an accident. 

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