20 speed on way to school

Running late to get to school has resulted in several Wanaka parents and caregivers being booked for speeding, after police cracked down on driving behaviour during the first two weeks of the first school term.

Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell, of Wanaka police, yesterday said 20 speeding motorists were caught during the "back to school" campaign, which finished on Friday last week.

Most had pleaded they were running late for school and nearly everyone had children in thecar, Snr Sgt Grindell said.

Four parents driving children to school were caught driving at speeds of 64khm, 65kmh, 70kmh and 76kmh in a 50kmh zone, while a grandmother taking her charges to school was clocked at 65kmh.

A student driver was caught travelling at 57kmh on the way to school.

"As the weeks went on, the behaviour got better and better.

"You would almost think someone was standing at the top of Aubrey Rd, holding a sign saying: `Beware, police', ... but when travelling at 70K, you don't stop the same as [you do] at 50K," Snr Sgt Grindell said.

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