Camera sparks doubts
A new speed camera has raised the suspicion of Porirua residents, with some claiming it has been hidden behind a tree to increase revenue.
The new-generation camera was installed beside a pohutukawa tree in Whitford Brown Ave in Aotea, and is able to monitor both uphill and downhill traffic. It is clearly visible to uphill traffic, but almost invisible to downhill traffic.
Police have agreed to look again at the position of the camera – which is not yet operational – saying they want all cameras to be as visible as possible.
Richard Finlay, who noticed the camera while driving through Aotea, said it was supposed to deter drivers from breaking the rules, rather than collecting revenue.
‘‘I’ve got nothing against speed cameras or anything like that. I just think you should be able to see them,’’ Finlay said.
A police spokesman said it was originally intended to place the camera on the opposite side of the road, but because of technical issues it was moved to its current location.
‘‘We are currently talking with the engineer to see what options may be available to make the camera more visible, and hope to have this resolved before the camera goes live in early October,’’ the spokesman said.
In 2008, air accident investigator Ron Chippindale, best known for his report into the Mt Erebus crash, died after he was hit by a speeding car in Whitford Brown Ave.
After his death, the speed limit was lowered to 50kmh, the road was made single lane in each direction and a median barrier was installed.
Police recently installed other cameras at Ngauranga Gorge, Wainuiomata Rd and the Thorndon section of State Highway 1 in Wellington.
Hidden? The new speed camera, installed beside a pohutukawa tree in Whitford Brown Ave,