A driver every minute . . .

A police handheld laser camera shows the speed at which one motorist was clocked yesterday. Photo by NZ Police.
A police handheld laser camera shows the speed at which one motorist was clocked yesterday. Photo by NZ Police.
A Dunedin driver took on a police handheld laser camera - and lost.

As part of an operation focusing on poor driving behaviour in Dunedin, police turned their attention - and cameras - on speeding drivers yesterday.

Inspector Mel Aitken said that within 35 minutes, 34 notices were issued, including 25 for excessive speed.

''It is shocking,'' Insp Aitken said.

The operation, which targeted motorists heading northwards on the Southern Motorway towards the Barnes Dr intersection, included one motorist nabbed speeding at 150kmh in an 80kmh zone.

Insp Aitken said the male driver had stopped at the intersection, but when the lights changed he ''floored it''.

He was stopped by a police patrol on Andersons Bay Rd, where he ''made some remark that he had might have been doing something silly''.

His vehicle was impounded, his driver licence suspended, and he was also charged with unnecessary exhibition of speed.

Insp Aitken said the intersection had been the scene of several serious and fatal crashes in recent years.

''It is a high-risk intersection and despite the roadworks and the fact crashes occur there, people blatantly ignore the speed restriction.''

Police would continue to target dodgy driving around Dunedin, she said.

''We are basically going hard. We are doing it here there and everywhere.''

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