Constable Nick Lindholm at work yesterday conducting random breath testing. photo Campbell Gellie /he Observer
Constable Nick Lindholm at work yesterday conducting random breath testing. photo Campbell Gellie /he Observer Campbell Gellie

Police don’t want to do a death knock at your place

TRAFFIC officer constable Nick Lindholm believes motorists would drive with a lot more patience if they had seen the accidents he had seen.

Working with the Calliope Road Police Unit he has seen a few fatalities.

Const Lindholm said the accidents he has been to will be with him forever.

"You never forget the sights, sounds and smells. It gets to all of your senses at once," he said.

"Waking up a family member in the middle of the night to tell them their mum, dad, brother or daughter is not coming home is the stuff we struggle with the most."

He asked motorists to drive with more patience.

"A large portion of the population think what we are doing giving out tickets is revenue-raising," he said.

"If they just exercise a little bit of patience instead of overtaking someone just to be behind another car in 1km, the roads would be a lot safer.

"I just see a ticket as a reminder of that."

The highest speed Const Lindholm has clocked a motorists is 197km/h and the highest over a speed limit is 169km/h in a 50 zone.

Despite the bad motorists he said he had to commend P-platers.

"Our drink-driving message is getting out to young ones. There are very few P-platers we detect drink-driving but it's the mature ones we have trouble with," he said.

"People see an RBT in the day because we want to get in their subconscious that we will be at any place at any time and it's not worth the risk."

The traffic officer said he didn't love handing out tickets but did love his job.

"Our results are measurable," he said.

"We have set penalties for certain offences and those penalties are there to keep the roads safe."



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