8 Jun 2019

Dozens caught in roadside stings in Dunedin

11:42 am on 8 June 2019

This story first appeared in the Otago Daily Times (https://www.odt.co.nz/)

Police road stings have caught dozens of drivers running red lights, using cellphones and not wearing seatbelts in Dunedin this week.

Operations were conducted at high-risk intersections throughout the city and police said they were "disappointed" with the results.

The operations focused on drivers not obeying lights or stop signs, people not wearing seatbelts and drivers using cellphones.

Police said there were more than 40 offences and many of the offending drivers received infringement notices.

There were eight issued for running orange or red lights, 15 for using a cellphone, eight for not wearing a seatbelt and four for other offences.

"These results are extremely disappointing and the message is clearly not getting through to some drivers, who think they can get away with this type of behaviour," a police spokesman said.

"However, there is no excuse."

Dunedin police would continue to run such operations, so the public should expect an "anytime, anywhere" approach.