Police colour up new safety package

Last updated 05:00 20/12/2013
Waikato police car
PETER DRURY/ Fairfax NZ

WATCH OUT: You could find yourself being pulled over by an orange police patrol car on Waikato’s roads very soon if you’re not careful.

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Waikato police have a new weapon in their armoury for catching speeders and bad drivers this summer - a bright orange patrol car.

Police are keen to avoid any further fatalities on the district's roads this festive season and their new patrol car is one of the tools they'll use to help achieve that.

District road policing manager Inspector Marcus Lynam said they would maintain a highly visible presence by using marked, unmarked patrol cars and speed camera vans.

"One of the most visible aspects of our Safer Summer campaign is the introduction of different coloured patrol cars in each of the 12 police districts with the Waikato already having received a bright orange patrol car and a red one expected to arrive in the new year."

Mr Lynam said the introduction follows a trial in the Waikato last year.

"People have already been reported doing double takes, in fact yesterday, one skateboarder on Norton Rd was so surprised he was so busy looking back at the patrol car he failed to notice a power-pole before he collided with it," Mr Lynam said

Based on data compiled on driver complaints and crashes over the past three years they have identified 400 high-risk locations in the region, at specific times, which staff will monitor this month and over January.

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