Ohin­gaiti speed­sters pun­ished

Manawatu Standard - - News - ALISTER BROWNE

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.

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