Police crack down on traffic offences

Monday May 13, 2019 Written by Published in Crime
Police run a morning checkpoint across from the Empire Cinema in Avarua. 19050726 Police run a morning checkpoint across from the Empire Cinema in Avarua. 19050726

An increase in the number of checkpoints last month has resulted in 78 drivers who are now forbidden from driving, largely due to alcohol consumption says Police media advisor Trevor Pitt.


Offence notices are issued for various infringements including failure to produce required documentation, no motorcycle helmet and speeding.

He says last month more than 1500 vehicles were stopped by the police at 180 checkpoints.

Police have been racking up minor infringement notices with their consistent checkpoints around the island this year.

Pitt says minor infringement notices are issued for noncompliance.

“These fines are largely dominated by vehicle documentation failures, no warrant, no license, or expired registration.”

Pitt says there were 134 offences logged by police last month. “In comparison, there was a similar amount in March and just over 150, in February.”

Pitt says: “Traffic enforcement checks are conducted regularly during each day’s working shift. Timing and location are determined in accordance with tactical measures around road safety.”

There were four police checkpoints at various locations on Wednesday last week and a total of 79 vehicles were stopped with a total of seven notices issued, including a no helmet fine and one driver who was warned.

“Drivers and vehicles are subject to being stopped and checked for compliance on their licensing and roadworthy requirements,” says Pitt.

“Police are utilising speed radar equipment and are testing for alcohol (excess breath alcohol).”

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