"Be Aware of Speed Cameras Even in Remote Areas" Top 5 Page for this destination New Zealand Transportation Tip by Kakapo2

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If you do not have a radar detector it is rather unwise to speed even in the most remote and unpopulated areas. Traffic officers are patrolling the highways in marked and unmarked cars and nearly always have the speed measuring instruments and cameras turned on. They check the speed both ways, so they can catch you whether you are travelling in the same direction or in oncoming traffic. They often turn around, so you never know how far they are.

Lately we have had letters in the newspapers with drivers accusing police that they only make speed controls outside the cities where it does not matter if you drive 100 or 110km/h but where it is easy and a fast way to issue tickets, and not in the densely populated cities where 10km/h can make a big difference. Police are also accused of rewarding offers who issue a lot of tickets. Of course, they deny it. And I do not know if it is true or not. But I can say that you can get into big trouble in cities as well, especially if you speed in school zones where the limit is 30 or 40km/h. Just do not ignore those signs.

A reminder: The speed limits in NZ are 100km/h on open roads and 50km/h in towns.

On winding roads often speeds are allowed which are unsuitable for the conditions, and sometimes the recommended speeds in curves are so high that you would be catapulted off the road would you follow the recommendation ;-)

Type: Car/Motor Home

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  • Updated Feb 4, 2008
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