Driving crosses a line: police

Local drivers are crossing centre of road by margins that threaten oncoming traffic.

Local drivers are crossing centre of road by margins that threaten oncoming traffic.

LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTRE: In the Wharerata Ranges, police identified 25 vehicles crossing the road’s centre line in an hour. The cost of getting caught can mean an instant $150 fine and 20 demerit points. New Zealand Police photo

FAR too many drivers on Tairawhiti highways continue to cross the centre line of the road by margins that threaten oncoming traffic and risk the lives of themselves and other road users, said police.

Officers conducted a series of checkpoints around the district over the festive season in which they targeted the behaviour.

“We continue to be disappointed by the poor standard of driving on the highway when it comes to keeping left,” said road policing Sergeant Dean Plowman.

“Over Christmas-New Year we caught far too many people crossing the line.

“Last week during one such operation, officers who went to SH2 in the Wharerata Ranges identitied 25 vehicles on the wrong side of the road in only an hour.”

The cost of crossing the centre line can mean a $150 instant fine and 20 demerit points.

“People put themselves and others in extreme danger when they do not keep left,” Sgt Plowman said.

“We will continue to crack down on this problem.

“We are aware that issuing infringements is only one way of doing that, so we are also working closely with Tairawhiti Roads to address the issue,” he said.

“We want to see changes made to sections of highway we have identified as high risk for this type of offending.”

FAR too many drivers on Tairawhiti highways continue to cross the centre line of the road by margins that threaten oncoming traffic and risk the lives of themselves and other road users, said police.

Officers conducted a series of checkpoints around the district over the festive season in which they targeted the behaviour.

“We continue to be disappointed by the poor standard of driving on the highway when it comes to keeping left,” said road policing Sergeant Dean Plowman.

“Over Christmas-New Year we caught far too many people crossing the line.

“Last week during one such operation, officers who went to SH2 in the Wharerata Ranges identitied 25 vehicles on the wrong side of the road in only an hour.”

The cost of crossing the centre line can mean a $150 instant fine and 20 demerit points.

“People put themselves and others in extreme danger when they do not keep left,” Sgt Plowman said.

“We will continue to crack down on this problem.

“We are aware that issuing infringements is only one way of doing that, so we are also working closely with Tairawhiti Roads to address the issue,” he said.

“We want to see changes made to sections of highway we have identified as high risk for this type of offending.”

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Lena Bennett - 3 months ago
Yes, this happened to us travelling back from Wairoa on the 11th. An elderly chap was playing havoc on the white line. Lucky for *555 highway patrol who there in a flash. Thank god, he may have killed someone.

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