Western Bay of Plenty police carried out a sting on drivers flouting the rules at high-risk Tauranga intersections this week.
Acting senior sergeant Mark Holmes, officer in charge of the region’s road policing, says Tauranga drivers have a bad reputation for breaching intersection rules and that was backed up by the results of the sting.
Preventing car crashes like this one was the focus of the police’s latest traffic operation.
Some of the intersections targeted during the week-long sting, which finished on Monday morning, include Durham Street and Spring Street, the Cambridge Road off-ramp and Moffat Road and Cambridge Road.
Motorists were issued with an instant $150 fine for breaching the rules, which include entering a blocked intersection, parking in the middle of an intersection, not complying with an orange or red light, failing to stop at a stop sign and failing to give way.
"The results of the sting were about what we expected. We know Tauranga drivers are particularly bad at running traffic lights. Not many drivers comply with yellow lights."
He says crashes at intersections are the cause of most crashes in the city.
"It’s a constant problem. It’s an ongoing issue for us."
Police are urging motorists to remember the three point rule before entering an intersection.
These include looking right, looking left and then a final left-right sweep.
"90 per cent of people who crash at intersections say they didn’t see the other car coming. That’s something we’re slowly chipping away at."
The results of the sting are still being compiled and will be released later on Thursday.