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The focus by Nelson Bays Police on speed will continue after disappointing results from last week show drivers have not got the message yet.

On Thursday evening eight drivers were detected at speeds between 118 and 135kmh on Whakatu drive over a period of two hours.

The following evening the speeds detected increased from 124kmh to 154kmh. Two motorists received instant roadside suspensions and will be appearing in the Nelson District Court in the near future.

Road Policing Senior Sergeant Grant Andrews said road conditions on both evenings were wet and the speeds people were driving at were a significant hazard to themselves and other road users.

“These people have to be stopped and held to account before they kill an innocent member of the public.”

Senior Sergeant Andrews said last week Police had a focus on speed around schools in Nelson. In Collingwood Street during school hours Police detected 80 vehicles speeding with many travelling at up to 70kmh in a 50kmh zone.

He said a speed operation conducted near the Rising Sun Tavern on Waimea Road was seeing similar behavior.

“These are both areas where there are a lot of children travelling to and from school and our expectation is that people will take extra care in these areas. To see these results coming back and showing people are taking no heed of the law or the conditions is extremely concerning.”

Senior Sergeant Andrews said the results officers were seeing reinforced the need for a continued and significant focus on speeding drivers in the area.

“The last thing we want to do is attend a fatal crash and right now that is in the hands of every driver on our roads.”

He encouraged people to report unsafe driving by calling *555.