Speedsters de­serve fines

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Se­ri­ously the speed cam­era ar­ti­cle made front-page news (March 3)?

And then a fur­ther ed­i­to­rial on page 10 about the un­just­ness of speed cam­eras.

Were you a bit light on ac­tual news or in­ter­est­ing sto­ries?

Any­one who has lived in the area any length of time would have been aware the speed changed in 2008.

The tragic death of Ron Chip­pen­dale made head­lines.

Be­fore the speed change I re­mem­ber nu­mer­ous ac­ci­dents, a car hit­ting a tree and an­other in a fence.

It has not been much of an ac­ci­dent area lately and that’s be­cause the speed limit has been 50kmh since 2008.

Josie Camp­bell, you are an­noyed be­cause you thought it was 70kmh? I’m an­noyed you’ve been driv­ing too fast along that road all this time and never no­ticed the speed limit signs.

Sure speed cam­era tick­ets are an­noy­ing.

I’m no an­gel; I’ve had a cou­ple. But that was be­cause I was speed­ing. It’s ir­re­spon­si­ble to keep harp­ing on about them be­ing purely rev­enue gath­er­ers.

Clearly the lower limit has had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the num­ber of ac­ci­dents (re­gard­less of some peo­ple still driv­ing too fast along there) on this stretch of road.

The speed cam­era is purely en­forc­ing it. It ap­pears to be bring­ing it to the at­ten­tion of the inat­ten­tive driv­ers.

There has never been right turn ac­cess to The Fjord. It was con­structed with the bar­rier to right turns in place.

The road safety works in 2009 were car­ried out af­ter pleas by mo­torists, lo­cal res­i­dents and Aotea Col­lege staff and par­ents.

We also car­ried out for­mal con­sul­ta­tion and re­spon­dents also agreed speed limit changes were needed.

chil­dren. Nor­mal house­hold chores do not go away just be­cause she’s out of com­mis­sion.

I have been help­ing her man­age for the past six weeks and it in­fu­ri­ates me to see ill-in­formed stupidly flip­pant com­ments like Mr Simp­son’s.

The best thing that could hap­pen from th­ese in­ci­dents is that ACC in­ves­ti­gates how many claims are slide-re­lated and acts ac­cord­ingly.

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