Speeding truckies keep Mokau residents on edge

OREN OAARIKI
Last updated 12:00 17/01/2014

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Disgruntled Mokau locals are frustrated nothing is been done to stop trucks speeding through the area.

Residents living on State Highway 3 say the speeding truckies will eventually cause a death.

"There is a four kilometre tolerance all over NZ but it doesn't seem to exist in Mokau," resident John Aitken said.

Mr Aitken said truck drivers were hitting the brakes when they came to the 50kmh sign but were not slowing down fast enough.

He said they were still travelling at speeds of up to 70kmh as they hit the township.

"They don't care because they are on a time schedule and just want to get in and out," he said.

"If a little kid walked across the road there is no way they could stop."

Mr Aitken said the trucking companies knew of the problems and had mostly responded positively to residents' complaints.

He said NZTA also knew of the issues and they were looking at signs to make truckers more aware of their speed.

Mr Aitken said he wanted to see police write out more tickets for truck drivers.

"We need to drive the message home that these guys need to slow down," he said.

Constable Daniel Walter said police were doing all they could to stop the speeding through the area.

He said residents living on the main highway had expressed concerns from time to time but it wasn't an issue that had a quick fix.

The police perspective was to focus on enforcement and patrol the 50km zone using various tactics.

"We have mobile speed cameras that watch the area and we liaise with partner agencies like NZTA to share info," he said.

"We try to come up with solutions to all of the problems not just this particular one."

Mr Walter said he stopped many vehicles travelling through the area at excessive speed and in the last week there had been more trucks travelling through the area.

He agreed that more signs could help curb the issue but said that truckers should know better.

Oren Oaariki is a Whitireia journalism school student

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