Police say motorists get speed message

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 11/12/2013

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Motorists exceeding the speed limit by more than four kilometres an hour are few and far between in South Canterbury, a police spokesman says.

Police highway patrols have been out in force across the district as part of a two-month crackdown on speeding drivers, enforcing a 4kmh threshold, rather than the normal 10kmh.

All drivers caught will be ticketed.

However, in South Canterbury it was a case of "so far, so good", Sergeant Simon Heeley, of the Timaru strategic traffic unit, said.

"Overall it's pretty good so far."

He could not provide statistics on how many people have been caught exceeding the lower tolerance.

The crackdown started on December 1 in an attempt to keep the road toll and number of crashes down over the Christmas and New Year period.

It is the first time such a campaign has lasted longer than a holiday weekend. If successful it could be rolled out permanently.

Mr Heeley puts the success of the campaign in South Canterbury down to its publicity.

"Those who are caught out seem to be quite accepting. There are still some who say they weren't aware, but by and large we aren't putting out a lot of tickets.

"People in the Canterbury area are pretty good [with their] speed."

Mr Heeley said there was a 3 per cent reduction in serious injury crashes for every kilometre the average mean speed was reduced by.

FINES

104kmh to 110kmh $30, 10 demerits
111kmh to 115kmh $80, 20 demerits
116kmh to 120kmh $170, 35 demerits

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