Police are continuing to see excellent overall compliance by motorists at the Auckland border checkpoints, as new requirements come into effect at 11.59pm for permitted workers to show evidence of having had a COVID-19 test in the past seven days.
While Police are pleased with the actions of most motorists, unfortunately we are still seeing a few isolated incidents of people making deliberate attempts to breach the restrictions and cross the Alert Level boundary.
A man was turned around at the southern checkpoint at Mercer yesterday afternoon after he was found to be attempting to travel from Auckland to Raglan.
The man then attempted to exit Auckland by taking an alternative route where he was stopped again at a different checkpoint.
The man was warned and he has been issued with an infringement notice for breaching the Health Order.
A woman was also caught after she drove through the southbound Mercer checkpoint without stopping yesterday afternoon.
The vehicle was subsequently stopped by Police a short distance away from the checkpoint and the woman was found to be a suspended driver.
She was given an infringement notice for breaching the Health order and is subsequently forbidden to drive.
We want to remind the public that Police will continue to stop and question motorists travelling through the checkpoint and enforcement action will be considered for people deliberately attempting to breach the restrictions, which are in place to help keep everyone safe and reduce any spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Police are also reminding motorists that from 11.59pm tonight, permitted workers crossing the Alert Level Boundary will be asked by Police at the checkpoints to provide evidence of having had a COVID-19 test in the past seven days.