Finally traffic policing is getting something right

via NZ Herald

via Rotorua Daily Post

After nit picking on people going 1 km over the speed limit didn’t actually work and made the population in general quite ticked off, here is something that few would argue about

Drivers in the Bay region got more tickets than anywhere else in the North Island for travelling too slow last year and it’s not just elderly people being pinged for the offence.

Police issued 48 tickets to Bay of Plenty drivers for slow or inconsiderate driving in 2015 – the third most for any district in the country. And at $150 a pop, it’s nothing to be sneezed at.

Automobile Association Bay of Plenty said most tickets were likely given to drivers holding up long tails of traffic without pulling over.

People do become impatient and we get big lines backed up and the risk is drivers can make an incorrect judgment.Rotorua police Sergeant Simon Betchetti

District chairman Terry Molloy said no one demographic was responsible, but Rotorua roads were becoming busier, and could make slow long-weekend drives more frequent.

“Rotorua is getting very busy, especially on the main arterial roads. If people are not being considerate then you will have a problem,” Mr Molloy said.

He said slow driving on its own was not likely to cause a crash, but could cause problems if people were in a hurry.

“It’s just people who are not aware and are inconsiderate – they just aren’t thinking of other people. If a slow driver has a build up of 10 or 15 cars behind, the frustration levels go through the roof, and that can be quite dangerous,” he said.

On the open road, when the speed consistently drops below 85 in areas where you can travel faster quite safely, you are going to see people wanting to overtake you.  And if you are being followed by a car with a trailer, people are going to take ridiculous risks to do it.

In extreme cases, nervous drivers will be going 60-70k on the open road, breaking for every corner, and they will get home telling their family they never had an accident, but everyone drives like idiots.

Quite often you will have a truck in a line of traffic, which pretty much reduces the average to about 90 anyway, but most car drivers will sit in line and be happy to cruise along.   Anything less than that, and you see the spoilt rich people and the braindead young put themselves and others at risk.

$150 for driving too slow isn’t actually enough.


– Jordan Bond, Kyra Dawson, Rotorua Daily Post

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