Most fines forWhit­ford Brown go­ing up­hill

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Well over half the fines is­sued by the Whit­ford Brown Ave speed cam­era have been for mo­torists trav­el­ling up the hill, po­lice fig­ures show.

In the first nine months of 2015, more than $1.1 mil­lion worth of in­fringe­ment no­tices were handed out to driv­ers clocked trav­el­ling faster than 54kmh along the road.

Data given to Kapi-Mana News shows that of the 15,273 fines is­sued, 8574 were to mo­torists go­ing up the road and 6699 for those head­ing down.

Porirua City Coun­cil set the speeds for Porirua roads and Peter Bai­ley, its gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions, said he was not hugely sur­prised to hear the sta­tis­tics.

‘‘We’ve found driv­ers have a nat­u­ral ten­dency to be care­ful go­ing down­hill,’’ he said.

Many read­ers have sug­gested the speed limit is too se­vere for that road – it was re­duced from 70kmh to 50kmh in 2008 – but Bai­ley said a sub­ur­ban road, with a school nearby and up­grades planned, should be 50kmh.

Grays Rd was not a sub­ur­ban road and could thus be 60kmh, he said.

The tex­ture of a 50kmh road’s sur­face was also im­por­tant, Bai­ley said. ‘‘We use a seal that works well in dry con­di­tions, but when it’s wet, the sur­face fric­tion drops. We do not use the same ma­te­rial that state high­ways have be­cause of the higher cost and not need­ing to re­place it as of­ten.

‘‘Our roads are suited to 50kmh speeds, not 70kmh. If you push your car above that limit, there’s a good chance you will lose con­trol.’’

Bai­ley said there were no plans to raise the 50kmh limit in Whit­ford Brown Ave, nor would the coun­cil be putting up ‘‘speed cam­era area’’ or ‘‘go slow’’ signs.

An­other is­sue raised is how of­ten the speed cam­era is tested for ac­cu­racy. Act­ing na­tional man­ager road polic­ing In­spec­tor Peter McKen­nie said all cam­eras were tested an­nu­ally.

The Whit­ford Brown Ave cam­era’s align­ment and two radars was cer­ti­fied for ac­cu­racy in Septem­ber 2014 and June 2015, McKen­nie said.

Kapi-Mana News is still seek­ing sta­tis­tics on crashes in Whit­ford Brown Ave from NZ Trans­port Agency be­fore and af­ter the speed limit was changed in 2008.

The Whit­ford Brown Ave speed cam­era has been work­ing over­time since it was in­stalled in Septem­ber 2014.

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