10 Mar 2012

Police in Auckland to issue more warnings to drivers

6:12 pm on 10 March 2012

Police will take a lighter approach when they deal with driving offences in Auckland from this weekend.

Police Commissioner Peter Marshall has announced a five month trial in which officers will give warnings to drivers for low level breaches instead of issuing tickets.

Mr Marshall says every warning will save a police officer an hour of their time.

He says it will also provide a suitable way to deal with any infringements when the new give way rule comes into effect later this month.

Mr Marshall says a trial conducted in Wellington had inconclusive results, and the new trial will show whether the initiative works.