Tickets for speeding tourists

Bruce Dow.
Bruce Dow.
Police in Omarama have handed out speeding tickets to overseas tourists demonstrating ''unacceptable behaviour'' over the past week.

Senior Constable Bruce Dow two Chinese nationals were both issued with $630 speeding fines and $150 fines for failing to keep to the left-hand side of the road at 6.45pm on Monday. The men, aged 33 and 35, were travelling in identical rental vehicles and appeared to be ''in a hurry'' to get to Queenstown.

''They actually went past me in the opposite direction when I was stopped issuing a ticket to another motorist. I realised they were going fast and back-checked them at 122kmh.

''I followed them and checked them at 147kmh going around corners between the Buscot (station) and Omarama. Both of them went at least half of their vehicles on the incorrect side of the road, before they realised I was there and they pulled over.''

A 58 year-old Irishman was also stopped for speeding at 6pm on Monday, after he was clocked at 125kmh travelling towards Omarama on State Highway 8 from Twizel.

The same man had been stopped at the same speed travelling the opposite way on the road on January 3, he saidA 33-year-old Canadian man also bagged a speeding ticket after being caught travelling at 140kmh on State Highway 8 on January 4, while already disqualified from driving.

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