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Slow drivers get into trouble

Radio New Zealand

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A total of 515 people were caught driving too slowly or impeding traffic – 90 more than in any other year in 10 years.

Police said slow drivers were not a risk on their own but impatient drivers behind them could create risks.

“You have got other people behind trying to make deadlines, they will try and overtake and pass and sometimes in places where they shouldn’t do that like on blind corners, [and] at the no-passing lines, and places like that.

“And it really does place other drivers at risk.”

Automobile Association spokesman Mike Noon said that he did not know why the number of offences jumped last year but creating a long tail back should not be an offence of itself.

“I hope it is because the police are giving it some more attention, you know, we have actually surveyed AA members on this and from memory it was either four or six vehicles which members were keen to see that being an offence, as at the moment it’s a judgement offence by the officer.”

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