Number of motorists stopped for speeding over 90 minutes in Bay of Plenty disappoints police

Police set up the checkpoint in western Bay of Plenty.
Police set up the checkpoint in western Bay of Plenty. Photo credit: Getty

A police operation in western Bay of Plenty on Tuesday morning revealed 26 people being stopped for speeding in just 90 minutes.

Police set up a checkpoint where a 30km/h speed limit was in force due to roadworks taking place at Te Puke Highway between Bell Rd and Poplar Ln. Police said 26 cars were stopped and ticketed for speeds more than 50km/h.

Sergeant Craig Madden, of the Western Bay of Plenty Road Policing Unit, said the results were disappointing.

"It's the road workers who are at risk of injury and potential death if hit by a vehicle travelling at that speed," he said in a statement.

"Police will continue to monitor and enforce speeds in road work areas."

Speeding and not driving to the conditions contributes to one-third of all fatal crashes on New Zealand roads, police say, and 15 percent of all injury crashes. The Ministry of Transport says 227 people have died on our roads so far this year.

Meanwhile across the ditch, a "national day of action" is taking place on Tuesday to help fight Australia's road toll.

Australian media outlets report that there's a larger police presence on roads across the country.