A Missed Try
The police have tried to explain why what they call “a prominent New Zealander was let off a speeding fine because of who he is.”
The rather bizarre explanation is that it also happened to four other motorists on Tamaki Drive as well on that Friday night before the long weekend – because the only police officer on duty ” is not yet fully certified to issue legal offence notices using radar speed detection equipment.. so the police officer could not issue a legally valid infringement notice after having used speed detection equipment.”
The statement says the officer concerned “is being spoken to about police policy around the use of speed detection.”
TV3 claimed the motorist concerned was Graham Henry.
The police statement says all five motorists were warned about speeding and had their vehicles checked for current warrant and registration status.
Auckland City District Commander, Superintendent George Fraser, says that on that evening, a lone police officer – who is not yet fully certified to issue legal offence notices using radar speed detection equipment – stopped five motorists on Tamaki Drive between 6pm and 9.30pm.
“All five motorists were warned about speeding and had their vehicles checked for current warrant and registration status.
“None were issued with speeding tickets due to the fact that the Police Officer could not issue a legally valid infringement notice after having used speed detection equipment.”
In all, the officer stopped nine motorists that evening who were exceeding the speed limit in various city locations over the course of his shift. Not all Police Officers are certified to operate radar speed detection equipment.
So why was there only one police officer and why was he checking speeding but couldn’t issue tickets?
Is it incompetence, bad procedure or something murky?
The statement boasts that in the Auckland City Police District, 255 speeding tickets were issued over the weekend.