New Year went by in a blur

Community Constable Bruce Dow, of Oamaru, was a busy man over the holiday period.

While others were enjoying the holiday season and soaking up some much needed sun, he was flat out patrolling the roads around Omarama looking for speeding motorists.

He issued 104 speeding tickets in the 10-day period spanning Boxing Day and January 4, worth a total of $21,440.

That total does not include infringement notices relating to road user charges.

One motorist was fined $1922 for being behind on their mileage, had to pay $684 to get up to date, then had to buy additional kilometres in advance.

Const Dow said the habits of motorists in the Waitaki Valley over the New Year period were comparable with those in previous years, although he had suspended only four drivers in 10 days.

That was fewer than the normal average of one a day in the area at that time of year, he said.

The highest speed he recorded was 149kmh, which was also down on previous years, when it was normal to catch someone travelling at more than 150kmh.

That driver was arrested in Reefton a few days later for driving while suspended, he said.


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