Cam­era sparks doubts

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SHANE COWLISHAW

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.

Photo: CAMERON BUR­NELL

Hid­den? The new speed cam­era, in­stalled be­side a po­hutukawa tree in Whit­ford Brown Ave,

Aotea.

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