Eye in sky helps police nab speedsters

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 near Shannon.

"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 crash rate."

 

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter