A motorist travelling at 135kmh in the central North Island
is among bad drivers caught by a police "eye in the sky".
Officers from the Central District have been using a
fixed-wing aircraft to keep tabs on drivers who go too fast -
and too slow, holding up traffic and causing other people to
get frustrated and take risks.
District road policing manager Inspector David White said the
vehicle going at 135kmh was trying to avoid patrols by
leaving the highway and speeding on rural roads.
"The plane directed the patrols on the ground who then
intercepted the driver," Mr White said.
The plane was used to assist with monitoring traffic flow to
and from the region's two big Boxing Day events: horse racing
at Awapuni and motorcycle racing in Wanganui.
It also spotted a motor home which had been reported driving
dangerously on SH1, and another bad driver was caught on SH57
"This holiday period we're focusing on the fatal five; speed,
seatbelts, alcohol, distraction, and fatigue," Mr White said.
"These factors can have a huge effect on road safety. The use
of the plane is just another tool alongside speed detection,
camera vans, checkpoints, and plain vehicles that we are
using in the Central District in an effort to reduce the