Driv­ers speed when cops un­seen

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Speed mon­i­tor­ing in an un­marked po­lice car on State High­way 1 through Toko­roa re­veals speeds of mo­torists are slightly faster than the re­sults gath­ered dur­ing a marked pa­trol last year.

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 55 and 75kmh, com­pared to last year’s re­sults of 56kmh and 71kmh.

Speeds com­ing into town in the 80kmh zone ranged be­tween 74kmh and 97kmh, com­pared to the marked car pa­trol which saw speeds range from 71 and 95kmh.

But it was traf­fic head­ing north of Toko­roa over the bridge which re­vealed speed­ing driv­ers.

While ve­hi­cles were still in the 60kmh zone (head­ing north of Toko­roa) they were trav­el­ling at speeds be­tween 71kmh and 98kmh com­pared to 71kmh and 83kmh.

Un­marked cars could pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to catch speed­sters, but Taupo Area Road Polic­ing Group Sergeant Daniel Peat said he pre­ferred marked po­lice ve­hi­cles. ‘‘As soon as peo­ple see a marked car they cor­rect their be­hav­iour. With an un­marked car we get a lot more poor driv­ing be­hav­iour.’’

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