Tauranga drivers warned about speed

A speed operation is being run in Tauranga until Sunday. File photo.

Tauranga drivers can expect to see more Police out on the roads this week, while speed operation is carried out in the region.

The operation is running through to Sunday and will focus on monitoring driver speeds both urban and rural roads in the region, with some focus around schools.

Light vehicles, motorcycles and heavy motor vehicles will all be monitored in the operation.

Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says the operation is a timely reminder to be safe on the road.

“The reason for the operation is that Tauranga has a high urban speed issue, and it's about trying to bring speeds down because simply – the faster you go the bigger the mess.

“Around the urban areas are a lot of vulnerable road users, pedestrians, cyclists, scooter riders.

“We're just trying to keep everyone safe out there and reinforce the need for people to keep their speeds down and adjust to the driving conditions.

“There's been a number of infringements issued for speed and the focus around speeds will continue for the rest of the week.”


Useless police

Posted on 11-10-2017 16:46 | By Kenworthlogger

When are the highway units going to warn people or start defecting vehicles which are driving around at night with only 1 working headlight. There are heaps of them!!

As a scooter rider

Posted on 21-09-2017 20:07 | By pnicky

...I can say that it makes no difference how fast you go, people have a real insecurity or a phobia about traveling behind scooters. 55kph in a 50 zone and you get tailgated. I travel on Cambridge Road morning and night and if I'm doing 60-65kph in an area where cops are known to police it, there are still drivers up my arse and passing me. So don't go pointing the finger at slow scooter riders. Chances are they are doing the speed limit. Try checking your speedo occasionally.

Don’t want to point a finger but ...

Posted on 21-09-2017 14:12 | By comfortablynumb

Is it my imagination does there seem to be a lot of Ute and 4WD drivers that seem to have a heavy right foot problem and like to drive observing their very own 2 nano second rule by tailgating at every opportunity?


Posted on 21-09-2017 10:16 | By Minib

You mean they are going to tell drivers that do 40km on Cameron Rd to speed up to 50km and stop holding up the traffic flow.

More Police on the roads this week ??

Posted on 20-09-2017 22:39 | By The Caveman

"Tauranga drivers can expect to see more Police out on the roads this week ...." So where were they last week, and where will they be next week ??

Nutty drivers

Posted on 20-09-2017 17:49 | By jed

So, I am on hull road turning left onto maunganui road... car behind me puts his foot down hard to pass me as soon as he can and before the traffic island just past the lights. Such aggressive driving leaves nil room for error. Cops never around to see this stuff.


Posted on 20-09-2017 17:10 | By Capt_Kaveman

They not target drivers bad behavior


Posted on 20-09-2017 16:36 | By CC8

Do you believe that the NZ Police have no choice and are DIRECTED by NZTA??? Really ?

In all fairness

Posted on 20-09-2017 14:46 | By Seriously?

The police don't get to choose what they police at what time, they are directed by LTSA/NZTA what to focus on policing on the roads. Some other commenters below make it sound like the cops get a choice - they don't actually.

not just speed

Posted on 20-09-2017 14:35 | By dumbkof2

how about ticketing all the drivers that cant stay in their. lanes. welcome bay road is particually bad. saw a cyclist nearly get wiped out this morning by a vehicle cutting the corner.

Great to see..we need more

Posted on 20-09-2017 14:12 | By Kancho

Living on Pyes Pa road and trying to cross the road to the new shopping centre isn't always easy and worse when people speed round the corners. With traffic coming in and out of the shops and the retirement village its a wonderful there hasn't been any accident or pedestrian hurt. Twice the crossing island has been wiped out. With bus stops the shops and shoppers crossing the road all in a 60 kmph area! Hopefully one day the council will drop the speed limit to 50 kmph. In the meantime stop the 65 to 70 kmph idiots please. I can never get across to even half way at that speed

consistent would be better

Posted on 20-09-2017 13:39 | By CC8

Speeders will have to wait until next week to speed then ? That is if the coffers are filled up enough with this week's effort...otherwise they might sneakily extend the campaign! SURELY they should be policing the speed limits , along with all the rest of the laws of NZ all of the time? Not just some random week? I think a bigger issue is inexperienced L platers using the ridiculous new cycle lanes as if they are on pushikes and also underpowered scooter riders holding up traffic on the open road.

Speed Nah

Posted on 20-09-2017 13:11 | By Gigilo

Forget the speed, the use of cell phones is epidemic or my eye sight needs checking!


Posted on 20-09-2017 12:59 | By M. Mouse

Funny that I was hoping that they would do something about the red light runners.Mobile phone users while driving.And while they r at it that could do something about the drivers who keep driving in the right lane while they are not over taking means that I don't have to undertake on the left side.And the use of indicators would be nice as well.


Posted on 20-09-2017 12:54 | By M. Mouse

Funny that was hoping that the would do about the red

it would have been nice..

Posted on 20-09-2017 12:51 | By Border Patrol

..to see a police car pull over the middle aged man in a late model four wheel drive who overtook me on Oceanbeach road yesterday outside Cosy Corner Motel. I was doing the speed limit (maybe just over), he was tailgating aggressively and then overtook me at speed and carried on speeding. I was too gobsmacked to even have time to get his licence plate. That road is very busy with cyclists, parked cars, trades vehicle etc, but his needs were more important than everybody else safety.

About Time

Posted on 20-09-2017 12:36 | By Road Ranger

Hopefully they will "police" the new TEL from Baypark. Also in the mornings around 6.30am to catch all the "tradies" in their utes exceeding 100kmph. You would think that the new increased speed limit has already arrived and these guys are now doing approx. 120kmph. Also look at the continuing use of cell phones while driving.

Quite Ironic

Posted on 20-09-2017 12:26 | By hostile

I got overtaken this morning by a Police car with a few Cops inside that were going over the posted speed limit.


Posted on 20-09-2017 12:25 | By Angels

Could increase revenue if ticketed slow driver cause traffic problems and a hazard.The speeds never seem to be abundant. From observation it is normal drivers passing incompetent drivers. If showed that in the statics, as well as how many accidents caused by slow,incompetent drivers. Police would not like to show the number, only interested on increasing income.We should encourage drivers to drive with lights on , whenever driving etc etc

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