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NZ Police invests in safe speed cameras

Timoci Vula
Saturday, March 03, 2018

Update: 2:34PM NEW ZEALAND: SEVEN new safe speed cameras will start operating next week in the Auckland City and Southern Police districts in an effort to lower speeds and reduce road deaths and injuries.

Two will start operating in the Auckland City Police district and five in the Southern Police district.

Tamaki Drive in Parnell and Hillsborough Road in Hillsborough are among 33 locations across the country where new digital cameras are being installed as part of the third phase of the NZ$10million static camera expansion program, announced back in July 2013.

Included in this phase are the Dunedin Southern Motorway in Burnside, King Edward Street in South Dunedin, Otatara Road in New River Ferry, Maclaggan Street in Dunedin Central, and Wansbeck Street in Oamaru.

Auckland Police Operations Manager Road Policing Inspector Peter McKennie said those were the first of three cameras, which were being installed in the Auckland City Police District.

He said all the sites receiving new cameras had all been identified as having a high crash risk based on detailed analysis by independent traffic experts on fatal and injury crashes in the area.

"Road crashes have devastating impacts on families and communities. We know from international experience that safe speed cameras have an impact on slowing people down, and that's what we want," Insp McKennie said.

"This is why we're placing safe speed cameras at this and other sites, to encourage people to reduce their speed, which in turn helps reduce deaths and injuries on our roads."

Insp McKennie rejected the belief by some people that camera infringements were about revenue collecting.

"Police does not retain the money from camera infringements, the money goes into the Crown's consolidated fund. We're only interested in the impact the cameras have on encouraging people to slow down to safe and appropriate speeds, so they get to their destination safely."

The expansion program will continue to be backed by other measures, including a highly visible Police presence on high-risk routes.

Police reminded all road users of the part they played in keeping roads safe.

"We encourage drivers to protect themselves and their families by driving to the conditions and within the speed limit, driving sober and alert, and making sure everyone in the car wears a safety belt.

"Let's work together and make sure everybody gets where they're going safely."

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