- Thousands nabbed in speeding crackdown -
A crackdown on motorists in urban areas caused the number of speeding tickets
issued to soar during the Easter and ANZAC holiday weekends.
Police issued 3137 tickets during Easter for speeding in urban areas, 86 per cent more than the 1684 tickets during the Easter holiday last year.
During the three-day ANZAC weekend, police issued 1817 tickets in urban areas, 34 per cent more than during ANZAC weekend last year, which many people turned into a four-day break after ANZAC Day fell on a Thursday.
In the Wellington region, police issued 247 speeding tickets in urban areas at the Easter break this year, almost double last year`s 125.
The ANZAC figure was 195 this year and 136 last year, a 43 per cent increase.
Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald of the Police Commissioner`s Office said yesterday police had targeted speeding in urban areas to reduce injury rates.
"Staff are out on the roads doing what they are paid to do. I am not surprised there has been an increase."
In 100km/h areas, 3968 speeding tickets were issued nationally at Easter, 7 per cent more than last year`s 3712.
ANZAC weekend figures were 1928 this year, and 2012 last year.
Wellington region open road Easter figures were 153 this year and 188 last year.
Speed camera tickets issued nationally during Easter were 8734, 47 per cent more than Easter last year.
ANZAC weekend figures were 4590 this year, an 11 per cent decrease on last year.
Roading authorities were working on making it easier for motorists to spot the changes between 100km/h and restricted speed zones on entering and leaving urban areas, Mr Fitzgerald said.
The streets of Greytown and Carterton had different widths and lane markings to the open road, which motorists instantly recognised as urban, he said.
However, Superintendent John Kelly said a difficult spot for motorists remained at the southern outskirts of Woodville on State Highway 2.
On leaving Woodville, southbound motorists turned a sharp left-hand bend, crossed a railway line and headed for a few kilometres along a straight with pasture on both sides toward the 100km/h sign.
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