School speeding cases surprise police

Police were surprised at the number of people speeding past schools yesterday morning, as the school term started and police did their now familiar back-to-school driver awareness campaign.

Acting Sergeant Chris MacAulay, from Dunedin police's strategic traffic unit, said he had not tallied up the total infringements, but one officer had given out six infringement notices, mostly for speeding, in 40 minutes outside one Dunedin primary school between 8am and 8.40am.

The aim of the operation was to raise awareness among drivers and the public about slowing down and paying attention around schools.

"It only takes a second for a kiddie to run out and that's that."

Police carried out operations around schools year round, but this one was more highly visible so as to raise that awareness, he said.

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