“Auckland police crack down on road safety in major operation”
More than 100 extra Police will be on duty in Auckland next Thursday (28
January) as they set up checkpoints throughout the day in well known high
risk locations, as well as at key entry and exit points to the city.
“We will be focusing on dangerous driving behaviours that put not only the
driver at risk, but those who share the road with them,” says Acting Senior
Sergeant Kuhrt Wieneke, who is in charge of the operation.
“Our focus will be on improving road safety by cracking down on speeding, drink driving, driving without seat belts and people using their mobile phones.”
Alcohol contributes to around 30 per cent of New Zealand’s fatal road
Over the last 10 years, fatal crashes caused by drink-driving have claimed
the lives of around 1,100 people and caused serious injuries to another
Four people have died on the roads in the Auckland City Police District
since the start of December 2015.
Police will also be continuing to enforce the reduced 4km/h speed threshold
that is in place until 31 January 2016.
With many people still returning home ahead of the new school year, Acting
Senior Sergeant Wieneke said he hoped Thursday’s operation would also act as
a timely reminder to those people planning long journeys to make good
driving decisions when travelling home.
“As the driver of the vehicle you are responsible for making smart decisions
that enable those in the car with you, and other road users, to get to their
destination unharmed,” says Mr Wieneke.
“The message is simple, check your speed, seatbelts on, don’t drink and
drive and put the phone away.”
The operation will run throughout the day from 7.00am.