McLaren Park is target area

Last updated 05:00 18/12/2012

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A man driving three times over the legal alcohol limit during peak hour is one of many people caught during Operation Suburbia in the McLaren Park area.

The operation conducted by the McLaren Park neighbourhood policing team and the Waitakere strategic traffic unit focused on speeding vehicles in the area after residents raised concerns.

During the week-long campaign the police recorded 56 speeding offences, five drinking drivers and issued 30 other tickets.

Several arrests were made for traffic offences and outstanding court matters.

Instead of issuing fines to the speeding drivers, the policing team issued written traffic warnings which Sergeant Michael Hough says many drivers were pleased with.

"We want drivers to be aware of their speed. It's not about revenue gathering, it's about safety."

Mr Hough says the policing team was made aware of speeding problems in Hindmarsh St and Borich Rd through community feedback on its Facebook page.

"You would never have known these streets had a speeding problem," he says. "We monitor the page regularly and make note of what the community is saying.

"If there is a problem we will take an active interest and implement a strategy to combat it."

Mr Hough says the team is working with Auckland Transport to install speed information signs to make drivers aware of their speed.

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