Police nab drivers speeding through road works
A total of 26 drivers have been fined for speeding through a roadworks area in the Western Bay of Plenty.
On Tuesday morning, the Western Bay of Plenty Road Policing Unit set up a checkpoint at the roadworks on Te Puke Highway between Bell Road and Poplar Lane where a temporary 30km/h speed limit was in force.
Over a 90 minute period, 26 vehicles were stopped and infringements issued for speeds over 50km/h.
Four of those were heavy vehicles.
Sergeant Craig Madden is disappointed with the results.
“It’s the road workers who are at risk of injury and potential death if hit by a vehicle travelling at that speed,” he says.
“Police will continue to monitor and enforce speeds in road work areas.”
Speeding and travelling too fast for the conditions is a contributing factor in around one third of all fatal crashes and 15 per cent of all injury crashes.