Police issue 34 tickets in 90 minutes in speed crackdown
Police yesterday issued 34 traffic tickets and made one arrest today after they mounted a speed checkpoint in the wake of an appeal for officers to help cut down dangerous driving.
Officers were stationed along Middle Road, Southampton, near Five Star Island, from around 6am and issued the tickets in just 90 minutes.
One motorist was clocked at 81km/h and another was arrested for outstanding warrants for traffic offences.
The police, who publicised the results of the clampdown on the service’s Facebook page, said it acted after an “overwhelming number of requests from the public” to monitor the speeding hotspot.
Police said 41 road users were ticketed yesterday for speeding offences - with one motorist recorded at 102km/h – almost three times the 35km/h speed limit.
People were also ticketed for driving while disqualified, driving unlicensed vehicles and uninsured vehicles during the operation, part of the service’s Operation Vega, which was designed to cut down on speeding and bad driving.
Sergeant Francis Blackman of the traffic police said: “When speeding, the margin of error is far greater for the chances of a collision to occur.”
He told the public: “Give yourself a chance on the road by slowing down and paying more attention to your driving.”