35 ticketed in blitz on speeding

A driver was clocked doing 129kmh on State Highway 6 near Havelock on the first day of a police operation targeting speeding drivers.

Marlborough highway patrol officer Senior Constable Todd Monaghan said 35 infringement notices had been issued on Wednesday to motorists on SH6 between Rai Valley and Renwick.

Of those 35 notices, 21 were issued for speeding.

The rest were other vehicle-related offences.

One vehicle pulled over had not had a warrant of fitness since 2003, Mr Monaghan said.

The six-month operation aims to clamp down on speeding drivers by using high-visibility policing and different tactics.

Every driver pulled over would also be breath-tested, Mr Monaghan said.

"You get drink-drivers at all times of the day so, while we're targeting speed, every time someone is stopped they're breath-tested."

Police are targeting the stretch of SH6 between Rai Valley and Okaramio but will be patrolling as far north as the Wangamoas through to Renwick.

Drivers had been clocked travelling at more than 140kmh on the highway between Blenheim and Nelson during the past year, and particularly through the Rai Valley section west of Havelock, officers said. Patrols would be highly visible in the area until the end of May

The Marlborough Express