'Silly' driver charged for his road antics

19:26, Feb 17 2013

A young motorist is facing a dangerous driving charge after losing control of his car and ending up in a ditch on the Lorneville-Dacre road on Saturday at a section of roadworks.

Sergeant Pete Graham, of Invercargill police, said the driver was "playing silly buggers" at the road works which resulted in his going off the road and into a ditch.

The driver's actions were reported to police by contractors from the roading company who were working on the section of road, he said.

The driver was not driving to the conditions, which included temporary speed zones and a gravel section, Mr Graham said.

There were two passengers in the car but no-one was injured, he said.

Police would continue to target drivers at temporary speed zones during road work in the region, he said.

Failure to slow down put the lives of road workers and other drivers at risk and also damaged newly sealed roads, Mr Graham said.

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