Could this be Dunedin's dumbest driver?
At 11am yesterday a motorist stopped in the middle of the
Castle St traffic lanes opposite the Dunedin Railway Station,
after seeing a police checkpoint ahead.
''He took an opportunity to stop short of the checkpoint to
change drivers but failed to see two police officers standing
on the street watching him,'' Dunedin Clutha Waitaki area
prevention manager Inspector Mel Aitken said.
Unbeknown to the driver the officers watched him climb into
the back seat by two children, while a female passenger slid
behind the wheel as the stopped vehicle caused a minor
The 19-year-old driver later admitted to being disqualified.
As part of the checkpoint, police also witnessed an unsafe
lane change by a motorist turning right from Castle St into
The driver cut in front of a vehicle on his right-hand side
causing this vehicle to brake heavily to avoid a collision,
and forcing the following vehicle to also brake heavily, Insp
The driver was ''completely unaware of the chaos he had
caused'', she said.
''Unfortunately this is a common driver behaviour on Dunedin
In just an hour at the intersection, police issued 23
infringement notices including running red lights, not
wearing seat belts, and failing to stop at a stop sign.
Earlier this month, Insp Aitken warned police would be
cracking down on dodgy driving in an effort to curb
increasing central city crash rates.