Illegal driving in Tauranga sparks safety reminder

Motorists driving in the wrong lane on State Highway 29a through a coned off work site. Photos: Todd MacLean.

Police are reminding drivers of the risks of unsafe driving, after reviewing still images of dangerous and illegal driving which has been filmed in Tauranga.

Todd MacLean, who filmed the incidents on Wednesday, has shared the stills with SunLive and police.

The images shows motorists driving in the wrong lane on State Highway 29a through a coned off work site.

“I’m horrified at the blatant stupidity and lack of patience from local drivers,” says Todd.

“There were many more than the ones I filmed today, whilst stationary and waiting for 15 minutes to move an inch.

“These people have driven through road cones blocking off a construction area then gone onto the wrong side of SH29a at Baypark roundabout and you still have cars coming head on, as people were still able to use other roads to go towards Tauranga.”

Mount Maunganui Community Constable Kurt Waugh says the incident highlights some key road safety messages.

“As well as being inconsiderate to other road users who are patiently waiting in the line of traffic it is potentially dangerous to road workers working within the coned area.

“The reason it’s coned off is to keep road workers safe while they work and also to protect motorists from Machinery operating within that area.

“Drivers who deliberately drive through coned off areas could potentially be charged with careless or even dangerous driving.”

He encourages members of public who witness unsafe driving to call *555 or visit their local police station and to complete a Community Road Watch form.

“It helps police if you can safely obtain a registration of the offending vehicle.”



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