Police catch up with ‘foolhardy’ driver

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The actions of a driver towing a caravan at 126km/h can only be described as “utterly foolhardy” and “incredibly dangerous for other road users”, says Oamaru police Community Constable Bruce Dow.

At about 10am on Friday, a 29-year-old Auckland man was stopped by police travelling north on State Highway 8 between Omarama and Twizel.

The caravan had allegedly been registered as exempt from registration, meaning it should not have been travelling on any road.

“This is by far the fastest speed that I have detected for a towed vehicle in decades of road policing in the Upper Waitaki/Mackenzie country areas,” Constable Dow said.

The Auckland driver was fined $400 for speeding and $150 for the registration offence.

The legal speed limit for towing trailers is 90km/h. Had the 29-year-old been travelling 5km/h faster, he would have received an immediate 28-day suspension.

Constable Dow said heading into summer, it was a timely reminder for motorists to watch their speeds, particularly if towing a caravan or boat.

By Rebecca Ryan