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Seatbelt infringements embarrassing

Wairarapa Road Safety manager Bruce Pauling said drivers caught should be embarrassed. PHOTO/ELI HILL

‘Belt up … every trip … every time’

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Police handed out fines to 113 people not wearing seatbelts in Wairarapa over a five-day period.

The seatbelt campaign was made up of a combination of mobile patrols and spotter check points right across Wairarapa from November 19-24.

Wairarapa Road Safety Council manager Bruce Pauling said the 113 infringements for seatbelt offences were a damning indictment on the attitude of drivers.

“Drivers caught should take these results as embarrassing. Who doesn’t know that seatbelts save lives?

“The week’s weather closed in for the worse, which made the operation challenging, and kept traffic flows to a minimum in some areas. One wonders what the numbers would have been if the weather had been good.”

He said that police would stop and fine people until they decided to do the right thing.

“Whether locals think they won’t be stopped by police, or it’s just a short trip, or just plain laziness, the reply is always the same.

“’Belt up everybody, every trip, every time.”

The campaign involved officers from Wairarapa and the greater Wellington road policing team.

Wellington Road Policing Senior Sergeant Simon De Witt said the seatbelt issue had been highlighted in September when 18 drivers were stopped in Masterton for not wearing seatbelts in just over an hour.

“Poor restraint compliance has been a focus across the country as over a third of those who died in fatal vehicle collisions last year were not wearing their seatbelt.”

While police also dished out infringement notices for other offences including out-of-date car registrations and warrant of fitness’, the numbers had not been collated.


  1. Having just spent 12 mins on hold whilst ringing up to report a driver speeding through a school zone at over a 100km… one has to wonder exactly what the police’s priorities are. Most evidence suggests they certainly aren’t interested in making the roads safer!

  2. Perhaps if they spent some time every Friday night with their windows wound down, they’d hear the awful noises being made by all the boy-racers who screech around EVERY Friday night and have done for months. I guess it’s just easier for the police to do it in the day time… and after all, it’s not like they get paid to do… oh wait… they DO get paid to treat people like ATMs. They certainly don’t treat people with any respect. There’s more police cars on the road, but to most people that simply means that there are more people out collecting revenue for the Police Christmas party… given the level of incompetence in our local force… the realitry is that nobody actually knows what they are doing instead of doing their jobs.

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