100 tickets in two days dismay police
Police doled out more than 100 tickets in two days to drivers ignoring speed limit signs in Rockdale and Oteramika roads.
Southland road policing team leader Senior Sergeant John Pine said 118 motorists were given speed infringement notices after being clocked travelling too fast in the area, in just two days last week. Rockdale Rd changes from a 70kmh to a 50kmh speed limit, while Oteramika Rd changes from 80kmh to 50kmh.
Police were disappointed so many people had been caught driving too fast, he said.
"It is a big number [of tickets], particularly for one zone."
The area was signposted to ensure motorists knew what the correct speed limit was, with more- prominent signs put up by the Invercargill City Council after residents in Oteramika Rd expressed concern about the speed of some drivers.
But despite their prominence, some drivers were still choosing to ignore the signs, Mr Pine said.
"Unfortunately, they haven't really made the impact we'd want or expect," he said.
The message for motorists was simple.
"Just slow down. Adhere to the speed limits, and if the conditions are bad, adhere to the conditions," he said.
Police wanted to see a drastic improvement in driver behaviour, especially because children would be heading back to schools today, he said.
The area would continue to be monitored by police to ensure motorists were driving to the speed limit, Mr Pine said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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