Rodney Times : December 13th 2012
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Blitz time 'Think about how you will get home and how you will get your car home.' By CARALISE TRAYES Stop season: Police are stepping up checks. Interlock Running red light Street racing A sample of breath has to be given into a tester before the car starts. Police have applied to Auckland Transport for red light cameras in the area. An operation targeting illegal street racing is running until early next year. THE LARGE number of people driv- ing after drinking means there will be breathtesting at every vehicle police stop during December and January. Rodney and the Hibiscus Coast have a huge level of people who drive with alcohol in their system, traffic unit Sergeant John Roberts says. There is no silver bullet cure for the alcohol problem but police are doing what they can to encourage responsible driving. A 4kmh speed limit tolerance applies from December 21 to Janu- ary 7. A number of operations focus on alcohol, speed, intersections and high-risk driving in December and January. Police will breath-test every driver they stop and will target licensed premises. The statistics are especially ove- rly represented for young people drink driving, Mr Roberts says. They are 16 times more likely to be in a fatal or serious crash on our roads. Poor public transport in this area means people have fewer options. At times young peo- ple have sober drivers but they are usually not fully licensed. Mr Roberts says if a driver is caught driving while over the alcohol limit twice in five years they will be on a zero alcohol licence where they cannot drink any alcohol and drive. Legislation for alcohol interlocks has been passed, Mr Roberts says. A driver has to serve a disqualified period before it will be installed in their car. The first is likely to happen in March or April. An interlock means that a sample of breath has to be given into a tester before the car starts. It isn t fail- proof but it is a deterrent. Drivers can completely avoid the problem by planning a safe way home before going out. Think about how you will get home and how you will get your car home, Mr Roberts says. Often peo- ple we pull over and talk to say they had no other way to get home. Extra patrols will be on high-risk roads and intersections. Some of the worst roads for crashes include East Coast Rd, Wainui Rd, Old North Rd, Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Pine Valley Rd and Peak Rd, he says. The East Coast Rd and Hibiscus Coast Highway intersection is getting particular attention. There is a lot of red light running there -- it s terrible. We have applied to Auckland Transport for red light cameras in the area. The installation is still a few months away though. There are accidents happening there quite regularly. An operation targeting illegal street racing is running until early next year focusing on boy racers and antisocial driving. Burnouts and racing are included in antisocial driving so we are asking people to call us when they see it happen. Get a licence plate number and a description of the car. Police dispatch an initial car to check on the area but often investi- gation and follow-up is what helps. This can only be successful if peo- ple call in and report it. Then we can do something. If people report every- thing then we can put a report together and get an idea of where the problems are, he says. If anyone gets convicted with street racing or loss of traction their car gets impounded for 28 days. The storage fees are $500. If charged, they are also disqualified from driv- ing for six months. Police say there are particular hot spots for this type of driving. Dairy Flat BP car park was one of them but we can now trespass drivers from that area. Notify police of poor driving or antisocial driving by calling 111 or *555. Police are also warning rec- reational motorcyclists to be more careful while travelling. Motorbikes are a focus for us. They are a risk for serious injuries, it s quite unforgiving if you come off a bike, Mr Roberts says. We see a lot of crashes involving recreational riders rather than commuters. The older age group can afford bigger bikes but haven t ridden in a while. Often bikes are too powerful for them and this causes problems.
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