Tick­ets for 5kmh over

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - SI­MON SMITH

Po­lice will again en­force a lower speed thresh­old this sum­mer.

Each sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod since 2013/14 the po­lice have low­ered the speed at which they start is­su­ing fines to mo­torists.

For most of the year, of­fi­cers and speed cam­eras tar­geted ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling 10kmh or more above the limit, but dur­ing the sum­mer pe­riod this was re­duced to 5kmh. Over the past year there have been 372 deaths on the coun­try’s roads – 48 more than the 12 months prior, New Zealand Trans­port Agency sta­tis­tics showed.

Of these, 193 were driv­ers, 82 pas­sen­gers, 44 on mo­tor­bikes, 36 pedes­tri­ans and 17 cy­clists.

Na­tional road polic­ing man­ager Su­per­in­ten­dent Steve Gre­ally said the rea­son for the re­duced thresh­old over sum­mer was to slow and calm traf­fic when more peo­ple might be us­ing the roads.

Ex­actly when the lower thresh­old will be en­acted and lifted would be fi­nalised in early De­cem­ber, he said.

‘‘Po­lice’s fo­cus is on en­sur­ing peo­ple are driv­ing safely and to the con­di­tions of the road, and of­fi­cers use dis­cre­tion in tick­et­ing driv­ers,’’ Gre­ally said.

‘‘We would be de­lighted not to have to is­sue any in­fringe­ments no­tices, as this would show ev­ery­one was driv­ing safely and not putting them­selves or oth­ers at risk

‘‘Po­lice's fo­cus is on en­sur­ing peo­ple are driv­ing safely and to the con­di­tions of the road, and of­fi­cers use dis­cre­tion in tick­et­ing driv­ers.’’

NICK REED/STUFF

Mo­torists speed­ing just a lit­tle will run the risk of a ticket again this sum­mer pe­riod.

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