New speed cam­eras across Auck­land


‘‘The con­se­quences of choos­ing to run a red light can be life or death’’

More speed cam­eras are be­ing in­stalled across Auck­land in an at­tempt to make they city’s roads safer.

Auck­land Trans­port (AT) has an­nounced six new red light cam­eras, at in­ter­sec­tions across Auck­land, would go live in July.

The cam­eras would be set up at the in­ter­sec­tion of Lin­coln Rd and Te Pai Place in Hen­der­son, Lin­coln Rd and Swan­son Rd in Hen­der­son, Block­house Bay Rd and New North Rd in Avon­dale, Great North Rd and Karanga­hape Rd in Grey Lynn, Al­bany High­way and Oteha Val­ley Rd in Al­bany and Es­monde Rd/Fred Thomas Rd in Taka­puna.

Ac­cord­ing to AT the com­bined so­cial cost of the ac­ci­dents at the in­ter­sec­tions was nearly $6.5m.

A re­cent Min­istry of Trans­port re­port said the so­cial cost of a road crash or a road in­jury in­cluded: loss of life and life qual­ity, loss of out­put due to tem­po­rary in­ca­pac­i­ta­tion, med­i­cal costs, le­gal costs and ve­hi­cle dam­age costs.

The NZ Trans­port Agency’s Auck­land sta­tis­tics be­tween 2012 and 2016 showed there were four deaths and 75 ‘‘se­ri­ous in­juries’’ at sig­nalled in­ter­sec­tions due to red light run­ning.

The av­er­age so­cial cost per fa­tal crash was about $4,729,000, the min­istry’s re­port said.

Waitem­ata road polic­ing man­ager In­spec­tor Trevor Beggs said in a me­dia re­lease run- ning a red light was a risk no­body should be will­ing to take.

‘‘The con­se­quences of choos­ing to run a red light can be life or death,’’ he said.

‘‘In­creased speed, re­gard­less of ve­hi­cle type, puts vul­ner­a­ble road users such as pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists and mo­tor­cy­clists at greater risk. For them, driv­ers stop­ping at red lights and even a small re­duc­tion in ve­hi­cle speed could save their life.’’

The av­er­age so­cial cost was about $912,000 per re­ported se­ri­ous crash; and about $99,000 per re­ported mi­nor crash.

The to­tal so­cial cost of mo­tor ve­hi­cle in­jury crashes in 2015 was about $3.79 bil­lion, the Min­istry of Trans­port re­port said.

Po­lice could is­sue a $150 in­fringe­ment no­tice for fail­ing to stop at a red sig­nalled traf­fic light, or fail­ing to stop at a yellow sig­nalled traf­fic light – un­less you are so close to the in­ter­sec­tion that you can’t stop safely.

An AT spokesman said prepa­ra­tion work was un­der­way, and all cam­eras were ex­pected to go live in late July.

The in­ter­sec­tions of Lin­coln Rd and Te Pai Place and, Lin­coln Rd and Swan­son Rd, Hen­der­son, have had a com­bined 5 se­ri­ous and 21 mi­nor crashes in the past five years.

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