Red light run­ners now fac­ing dou­ble trou­ble

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Driv­ers will soon face speed­ing fines on top of red lightrun­ning tick­ets.

Auck­land po­lice will run two dual-func­tion cam­eras ca­pa­ble of snap­ping red light run­ners and speed­sters.

The units, part of seven new cam­eras, now bring Auck­land’s red light cam­era sites to 17.

Po­lice and Auck­land Trans­port se­lected the new sites based on an New Zealand Trans­port Agency safety anal­y­sis.

In­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing poles and cam­era hous­ings, goes up this month be­fore cam­eras are tested.

The cam­eras go live early next year. Fair warn­ing will be given be­fore in­fringe­ment no­tices are is­sued, Auck­land Trans­port says.

Sup­ported by po­lice, the agency will run an ed­u­ca­tion and en­force­ment cam­paign in Fe­bru­ary.

Auck­land Trans­port com­mu­nity and road safety man­ager Karen Hay says red light run­ning is an is­sue of great con­cern in Auck­land.

‘‘We all need to take care at in­ter­sec­tions to re­duce the risk of some­one get­ting in­jured or killed.’’

Road polic­ing op­er­a­tions man­ager Peter McKen­nie be­lieves mo­torists will wel­come the push to make in­ter- sec­tions safer. ‘‘There’s a sense that red light-run­ning is a very self­ish ac­tion – it’s a gen­uine threat to peo­ple’s safety, which saves one road­user a minute or two.’’

How­ever, no amount of reg­u­la­tion can keep us safe from inat­ten­tion or reck­less­ness, McKen­nie says.

‘‘Driv­ers still need to check that the way is clear even when they have right of way,’’ he says.

‘‘Never as­sume a green light au­to­mat­i­cally means you are safe to go.’’

See­ing dou­ble: New red light cam­eras can also catch speed­ing driv­ers.

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