Red light cam for Al­bany

North Harbour News - - HEALTH - AMY BAKER

There will be no more hid­ing for driv­ers who run a red light at a busy Up­per Har­bour junc­tion.

An Auck­land Trans­port red light cam­era is now live at Al­bany High­way and Oteha Val­ley Rd in­ter­sec­tion.

Driv­ers who run the lights will be li­able for a $150 fine.

The cam­era is one of six new red light cam­eras at in­ter­sec­tions across Auck­land.

Three se­ri­ous and four mi­nor crashes have oc­curred at the Al­bany High­way and Oteha Val­ley Rd in­ter­sec­tion over the past five years.

Ac­cord­ing to NZTA data, be­tween 2012 and 2016, there were a to­tal of 69 fa­tal and se­ri­ous in­jury crashes at sig­nalised in­ter­sec­tions due to red light run­ning.

Auck­land Trans­port (AT) spokesman Mark Hannan said the cam­eras have been in­stalled pri­mar­ily as de­ter­rents with the goal of elim­i­nat­ing crashes, not rev­enue col­lec­tion.

‘‘For AT the best out­come is if no in­fringe­ments are is­sues be­cause this means red light run­ning has stopped, and the crash risk is sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced.’’

Cam­eras are sign-posted to warn driv­ers they are op­er­at­ing and will be mon­i­tored by po­lice.

Po­lice can is­sue an $150 in­fringe­ment no­tice for fail­ing to stop at a red light or yel­low light - un­less a driver is so close to the in­ter­sec­tion they can­not stop safety.

Rev­enue col­lected goes to the Gov­ern­ment.

AMY BAKER/STUFF

If driv­ers run a red, the fine is $150.

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