Success for police in long weekend operation

POLICE detected 39 offences in the Wellington police service area during the Anzac long weekend as part of Operation Tribute.

In Wellington PSA, police detected 24 speeding offences, three seatbelt offences, five unregistered vehicles, three drink driving offences, one drug driving offence, one disqualified driver and two unlicensed drivers.

Eastern Region Division Six traffic advisor Senior Sergeant Jerry Barlow said police were generally pleased with drivers’ behaviour.

While zero offences would be preferred, Snr Sgt Barlow said it was positive to see only three drink driving offences detected, with 4349 breath tests conducted across the eastern region.

Snr Sgt Barlow said there were three minor collisions, including a single vehicle collision on the Sale-Newry Rd, Newry last Friday, which is under investigation.

There was also a single vehicle collision on the Seaspray Rd last Friday when a car ran into a tree branch on the road, and a single vehicle collision on the Longford-Loch Sport Rd on Sunday.

Snr Sgt Barlow said the aim of the operation was to reduce the number of incidences and severity of road trauma.

Statewide, one in 12 drivers tested for drugs returned a positive result, and there were 192 disqualified or suspended drivers, 309 unlicensed drivers, 805 unregistered vehicles, 2340 speeding offences, 290 mobile phone offences, 381 disobey signs or signals offences, 57 vehicle impounds and 245 seat belt offences.