Speedsters on notice

Police highway patrols have been out in force around Counties Manukau as a two-month nationwide crackdown on speeding drivers begins.

Police will be ticketing all drivers travelling faster than 4kmh over the speed limit.

It's the first time such a campaign has lasted longer than a holiday weekend and, if successful, could be rolled out permanently.

"Ordinary law-abiding New Zealanders tell us they want to be safe on the roads. They don't want to share the roads with drunk drivers, people who drive too fast or do high risk manoeuvres," Counties Manukau road policing manager Inspector Neil Fisher says.

During the 10-day summer holiday period last year there was a 67 per cent reduction in serious and fatal crashes during a similar 4kmh crackdown, Mr Fisher says.

It was enough to make police seek to see whether it would have the same effect over a longer period.

The first new red and orange police highway patrol cars were on the roads on the weekend. About 28 coloured cars will be introduced over the next year.

- Fairfax NZ News

Papakura Courier