Exclusive: The top 10 speeding offences by police over last three years

Police have been condemned by road safety experts and labelled hypocrites after several officers were fined for travelling at dangerous speeds.

The new information, obtained by Newshub, details how officers were caught breaking the speed limit - for no good reason.

"Keep the speed down" is a constant message from police - but it turns out some officers aren't taking their own advice.

"This is complete hypocrisy," says road safety expert Clive Matthew-Wilson. "Quite clearly there is a culture in the police force of drifting over the speed limit."

An Official Information Act request by Newshub has uncovered the 'Top 10' speeding offences by police in the last three years.

In each case, police vehicles were picked up by speed cameras, and the drivers were sent a fine for breaking the law.

The worst case in Auckland was in 2016, where officers were caught going 45 km/h above the speed limit.

Exclusive: The top 10 speeding offences by police over last three years

"We've got to admit that everyone makes mistakes sometimes - it's what human beings do unfortunately, and police are no different," says National Police Roading Manager Superintendent Steve Greally.

"But it really matters how we deal with those mistakes, I think - and of course we're holding our people to account."

It's by no means an isolated incident. In any given year, hundreds of police officers are caught speeding across the country, leading to thousands of dollars in fines.

A 40km/h breach is enough to get your licence suspended, in some situations, and Mr Matthew-Wilson says it's unacceptable.

"Police have been hammering the road safety message 'speed kills' for the last 30 years - they have issued millions of tickets as the road toll rises," he says.

"Quite clearly what's good enough for you and me is good enough for the police."

Even road safety charity and police partner Brake is voicing concern.

"It's really disappointing to see this from police," says Brake New Zealand director Caroline Perry.

Police say all of those involved had to pay a fine from their own pocket.

"We apologise to the public when we get it wrong, but look what I can say is that our people don't go out there to do it on purpose," Supt Greally says.

Police were caught red-handed by their own cameras, and are now paying the price.


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