Most re­spect the lim­its

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By ADEN MILES

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.

MAS­TER CHEFS: Tracey Lee and Cameron Pet­ley were a crowd fa­vorite at the fundraiser.

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