Most respect the limits
Speed monitoring on State Highway 1 through Tokoroa reveals that most drivers are complying with the law.
Between 9am and 10.30am last Friday, three positions were monitored – the 60kmh zone through Tokoroa, the 80kmh zone and the 100kmh zone near the bridge after Chambers St.
Speeds detected through the 60kmh zone ranged between 56 and 71kmh.
‘‘Most people are pretty compliant; 90 per cent of our speed tickets in this district are out of towners,’’ Taupo Road Policing Constable Glen Taylor said.
‘‘ I give them a tolerance of 8kmh.
‘‘If we were in a school zone it would be 4kmh.’’
He said police could spend all day ticketing drivers who were travelling above 66kmh.
Mr Taylor also said some drivers were not using the double lanes correctly.
‘‘Most of our work with road policing is the State Highway 1 system because of the fatality rate.
‘‘As for speeders through here, you might catch the odd one overtaking at speed.
‘‘These are merging lanes. The idea of this road layout is that if you are going through town you are supposed to stay in the left lane and leave the inside lane free for traffic turning onto the road.’’
Mr Taylor said the improved driving behaviour was a result of higher police presence on roads.
‘‘It has got through to them (drivers).
‘‘Our fatality rate is down; it has dropped over the last couple of years.’’
While fatality rates have decreased, Mr Taylor recalled an accident several years ago where a child was killed.
‘‘We had an idiot come through in a Holden Commodore, running through saying he was going to commit suicide if he saw cops and he was going to crash into them.
‘‘The man came hurling down the road and hit the back of the white hatchback.’’
Speeds coming into town in the 80kmh zone ranged between 71 and 95kmh.
A woman travelling towards Taupo was pulled over for reaching 95kmh in the 80kmh zone and was fined.
But it was traffic heading north of Tokoroa over the bridge which revealed speeding drivers.
While vehicles were still in the 60kmh zone they were travelling at between 71 and 83kmh.
Mr Taylor clocked a driver doing 105km an hour over the bridge.
‘‘They are not legally allowed to break 60kmh until they come past these two signs and you will be amazed. ‘‘Technically they are speeding. ‘‘That car was doing 72kmh hitting that intersection.’’
He said drivers were seeing the 100kmh sign and accelerating.
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