Red light runners now facing double trouble
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.