Police curb intersection rule breakers

Police are carrying out an intersection campaign this week. Photo: Supplied.

Tauranga drivers breaching intersection rules are more likely to be snapped by police this week as a police campaign gets under way.

Police are targeting intersection compliance over the week, says Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion.

The public warning comes after a five crashes in the city over the weekend, caused by drivers failing to follow intersection rules and being distracted.

“There were seven crashes in the weekend, fortunately only two resulted in minor injuries and they were two on the state highway network,” says Ian.

“That’s pretty good really, when you consider the weather on Saturday.”

At 2.26pm on Saturday, a single vehicle crashed and rolled into scrub on SH33 at Paengaroa.

 “Preliminary investigations point to speed or driving too fast for the conditions is a factor there,” says Ian.

At 4.10pm on Saturday, there was another single vehicle crash on SH29, Lower Kaimai. When police arrived the driver and occupants had left the scene.

“Inquiries are continuing in relation to that,” says Ian.

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Every morning!

Posted on 04-09-2017 22:56 | By laugeo

And I mean EVERY single morning, I watch a few completely selfish drivers, unprepared to wait in line on Poike road entering SH29. They are way too important to observe road rules, so take the right hand lane (straight on and turn right only) to bypass those waiting correctly in the left hand lane to turn left - then when they get to the junction, they simply cut across and turn left. The Police have been largely uninterested in this issue (visiting only once or twice briefly to my knowledge) so, now I have installed a dash cam and plan to send the footage to the Police instead. Something has to give as I have seen many ’close calls’ because of this and personally, I’m just sick of the attitude of those who think they’re too special to follow simple rules.

Fruitless Exercise

Posted on 04-09-2017 20:59 | By R1Squid

Too many intersections - not enough resources. Professional drivers are the worst at running Reds. See it every day at around 06:15 Hewletts Road/Totara Street. Changing lanes while negotiating an intersection is one of the favourites in Tauranga. Overtaking while negotiating an intersection is another favourite amongst the locals.


Posted on 04-09-2017 18:22 | By namxa

Apparently indicators only needed to EXIT roundabout if going straight through, which is fine, unless there’s five or more entries/exitsthen which one is straight through? No wonder people just give up n not indicate at all

waihi rd

Posted on 04-09-2017 14:55 | By dave4u

otumoetai/cambridge rd roundabout is a real duzy traffic on waihi road going straight thru nth indicate to turn left into cambridge rd before they get to the roundabout then go straight ahead ..rule should be no indicators if you going straight thru.


Posted on 04-09-2017 13:28 | By rastus

Two or three years ago we were promised red light cameras for our controlled intersections - not one has been installed and now thanks to our ’great’ (joke) minister for transport it sounds as though we are not going to get any - yet everyday one sees idiots entering the intersection well after the amber light has displayed - accidents only avoided by other ’innocent’ yet alert drivers. I’m sure that suitable fines on the ’red light runners’ would soon pay the cost of installations!