been right on the speed limit.
I had the speedometer checked by a mechanic and was horrified to find the family had been relying on a faulty speedometer.
Whitford Brown might not be in a residential area, but it is a very short length of road leading to and from several closely populated residential areas, so it has been assessed by professionals as needing the lower speed limit.
And if you’re getting ticketed for speeding, then at least you’ve had a warning that you might need to be more vigilant in ensuring that you keep to the limit.
limit was lowered? Your editorial (March 3) highlights a lack of local knowledge. The camera is close to a residential area, near a busy school.
Before the road alterations and speed camera, Whitford Brown Ave was frequently used more like a drag strip. Unless the camera is faulty, if readers receive a speeding camera ticket, they were travelling faster than the speed limit margin.
New Zealand has adopted the Australian Design Rules for vehicle speedometers. All speedometers over-read, unless modified. The maximum overread is 10 per cent plus 5kmh for cars.
If you receive a speeding
camera ticket issued showing an actual speed of 56kmh, your speedometer reading at the time was probably reading in the mid to high 60s.
If you travel at 56kmh from the bottom of the road to the roundabout at the top, you will save less than two seconds. If seconds are that vital to your life, spend less time in the bathroom, or on your mobile.
I do have three suggestions for the police/NZ Transport Agency/ Porirua City Council, though:
1. Local indicative electronic speed display signs are often inconsistent with speed camera enforcement, applying different tolerances. If the speed limit is 50kmh, these signs should display ‘‘slow down’’ if you are travelling faster than 50kmh, not faster than 55kmh.
2. Fines from speed cameras in 50kmh areas, should be shared 50:50 with the local community.
3. Offer the option of advising speeding drivers nearly real-time of camera fines, via text or email, though if you registered for this service, it does suggest speeding is second nature.
Whitby School, a suburban 50kmh zone. As I write, traffic is zooming down the hill. You can hear that vehicles are going over 50kmh.
Repeated complaints by the neighbourhood have had no effect. Occasionally a police car’s presence slows the traffic. A speed camera would be far more effective and would pay for itself, via fines, in less than a week.