Distracted holiday drivers are causing a large number of nose-to-tail accidents around the city, says acting Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Sergeant Wayne Hunter.
“Drivers have got to watch for distractions, there have been a lot of nose to tail accidents from drivers not paying attention to what is in front of them, a lot of people are still in holiday mode.”
Speeding over the holiday period has not been a major issue, and police have not noticed a difference in the numbers of speeding vehicles being stopped on the Tauranga Eastern Link.
The speed limit of the TEL from Papamoa to Paengaroa was raised to 110km/h on December 11.
“Nothing's changed it is exactly as it was before, no difference at all,” says Wayne.
Police have noticed TEL speedsters are being stopped at speeds well over the limit.
“They are either not speeding, or doing 130km/h or more. There don't seem to be any in between.”
One German driver was stopped at 164km/h and told police they thought they were on an autobahn, where rural sectors have no speed limit.
One result of the increased speed limit has been to reduce the fines for speeding drivers.
At 140km/h a speeding driver is 30km/h over the posted speed limit, which means they will be fined, but will escape the automatic licence suspension – unless there are other factors involved like a high level of drink driving.