Police get tough on speeding

A reduced 4kmh speed limit tolerance is back in play on New Zealand roads for the next two months, police announced today.

Police would be enforcing the reduced speed threshold during December and January, with a highly visible presence on the nation's roads as part of a targeted road safety campaign, a statement said.

Any motorist clocked travelling at more than 4kmh over the speed limit could expect to receive a ticket. 

Targeting "impaired'' driving would also be a focus, police said.

"Police want all families to have a great summer that is memorable for the good times, not a summer ruined by the grief of losing a family member to a fatal crash," national manager of road policing Superintendent Stephen Greally said.

"It's the loved ones that are left behind that have to carry the pain and devastation a fatal crash causes,'' he said.

"Police and emergency response staff understand first-hand the grief and trauma that is caused by road crashes.''

While the long-term road toll trend was decreasing, police and partner agencies were concerned at the current rate of road deaths, which was 22 higher than at the same time last year, he said.

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