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Police traffic blitz hits school students

Wednesday June 06, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

A traffic stop set-up by the police last week focused on young drivers committing minor infringements.

The stop was placed near Tereora College. Forty motorcyclists were stopped by the police throughout the morning and 19 were issued with traffic infringement notices. All but three of those ticketed were students.

Most of the tickets were issued for failing to present a driver’s licence, a police spokesman said. “A word of warning to young drivers – always carry your driver’s license with you.”

The targeting of school students by the police has been the subject of controversy in recent times.

Late last year, members of the public ridiculed the practice, stating that “the despicable action of prosecuting our tamariki…is another example of abuse of power”.

Others suggested that instead of fining students, the police should give them a conditional warning, which would allow them to remedy the issue within a set timeframe.

All those who received infringement notices have seven days to produce their licence to police, or they may face prosecution.

In other police news, an 18-year-old woman was hospitalised last Wednesday afternoon after colliding with a motorcycle outside the Cook Islands High Court.

Bystanders rushed to assist the woman, who was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Both women suffered minor injuries and the hospitalised woman is believed to have been discharged.

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