Police to trial unmarked motorcycles

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The New Zealand Police force has announced they are going to trial unmarked motorcycles.

The trial will start in Canterbury with a Yamaha MT09TRAP.

Police said it is focusing on driver and rider behaviour, including unrestrained drivers and motorcycle riders not wearing helmets.

It will also look for red-light runners and cell phone use.

The unmarked Yamaha motorcycle has warning lights, a police radio and siren.

The officers trialling it are wearing a protective uniform, including a high-vis vest.

In a statement, Canterbury Police said that they had completed three shifts on the bike and stopped at least 100 motorists.

The trial is running until the end of May in Canterbury and will then move to Auckland and Wellington.

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