Here’s a quick warning about driving a car on your visit to New Zealand

I wish someone had warned me.

I typically drive at or right around the speed limit, and I’d never gotten a speeding ticket before.

That is until a moment during my recent visit to New Zealand, when I went 38.5 MPH in a 31 MPH zone (62km/h in a 50 km/h zone), oblivious to the camera on a pole catching me in the act.

Back home about a month later, I got the surprise 80 NZD souvenir in the mail.

The ticket noted that I could email the police department for a photo of the infraction, so I did that and got this a few days later:

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As is common practice, I also got an email from the rental car company letting me know that my credit card would be charged 75 NZD as a fee for handing my info over to authorities.

After some quick Googling, I realized it’s a somewhat known thing that cameras are on guard in New Zealand and can even nab you for going only 5 km/h over the limit.

Apparently the cameras get stricter on holiday weekends.

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One guy fought his ticket and won.

After this tussle with the law, I’ll be even more of a gramps behind the wheel than I was.

If you’ve ever had a run-in with a deputy camera or any other unexpected infractions while traveling, please share below if you’re up for it.

Drive safe out there!

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