Ohingaiti speedsters punished
It’s not often Ohingaiti makes the top 20 in anything these days – even the pub’s gone now.
But after a horrendous few days of death and injury on the roads, the little northern Rangitı¯kei settlement was revealed as making a decent contribution to New Zealand’s coffers through the mobile speed camera operating in the vicinity.
It rates as the country’s 15th busiest camera, bringing in $267,270 from the 4086 tickets issued to passing State Highway 1 traffic in the financial year to July.
But the authorities are quick to add that this doesn’t mean there’s someone parked at the side of the road in Ohingaiti who is out to get you.
The figures show 1.39 per cent of drivers get pinged – or, 14 for every 1000 who go past – making the Ohingaiti rate the lowest out of the eight mobile sites in the nation’s top 20.
Ohingaiti, about 8 kilometres south of Mangaweka, gets plenty of traffic passing through, including skiers.
Mckennie said Ohingaiti was chosen for a mobile camera after ‘‘predictive data’’ told authorities it was a stretch of highway that could be dangerous unless drivers kept their speed under control.