Speed cam­eras re­viewed

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - SHANE COWLISHAW

and 2011, 16 tsunamis were recorded as reach­ing Auck­land re­gion.

In 1868 a 2.9 me­tre high wave from a Chilean earth­quake reached Auck­land’s Great Bar­rier Is­land.

In 1883, the cat­a­clysmic erup­tion of In­done­sian vol­cano Mt Krakatau pushed a 1.8m high wave into Auck­land.

The last recorded tsunami to have reached Auck­land was from Ja­pan’s 2011 earth­quake. New Zealand’s speed cam­era net­work could soon be pri­vately man­aged as po­lice look to re­de­ploy their re­sources to other ar­eas.

The net­work cur­rently in­cludes 19 fixed speed cam­eras, 43 mo­bile speed cam­eras in vans, and three dual pur­pose red light/ speed cam­eras. The num­ber of fixed cam­eras is to swell to 56 by the end of the year, in­creas­ing the work­load in­volved in manag­ing the net­work and pro­cess­ing in­fringe­ments. Po­lice are now re­view­ing their own­er­ship of the net­work.

Other rea­sons for the re­view in­cluded an in­crease in the use of tech­nol­ogy in the net­work and higher in­ter­est from road con­trol­ling au­thor­i­ties to own and man­age items such as red light cam­eras.

Po­lice na­tional road polic­ing man­ager Su­per­in­ten­dent Steve Gre­ally said trans­fer­ring the net­work man­age­ment to the NZTA or a pri­vate/pub­lic part­ner­ship were both pos­si­bil­i­ties. If the lat­ter was cho­sen, statu­tory over­sight by a gov­ern­ment agency would re­main a key re­quire­ment. It was also pos­si­ble the net­work would con­tinue to be man­aged by po­lice fol­low­ing the re­view.

The re­view is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber.

KIRK HAR­G­REAVES

There are 44 tsunami sirens in Auck­land, but not all Auck­lan­ders recog­nise the tone.

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