Work to install new cameras begins
Speedsters will soon consistently risk a fine if they keep their foot to the floor on the southern approach to Temuka.
Work has started on the installation of a fixed speed camera near the corner of State Highway 1 and Huirapa St, the turnoff to the Arowhenua Marae.
The area is an 80kmh zone but motorists have been caught driving near the open road speed. The highway is 100kmh just south of the turnoff.
The camera is being installed as part of a $10 million nationwide rollout of new cameras.
A police media spokeswoman confirmed construction had started.
The camera pole should be in place at the Temuka site by the end of October, she said.
Sergeant Mike van der Heyden, of Temuka, said it would be good to have the camera installed.
Motorists had been caught driving at closer to 100kmh through the 80kmh area, he said.
It was a busy intersection, with a lot of traffic turning to and from Arowhenua Marae and Arowhenua Maori School. It was an area in which safety was paramount.
Police operations manager, road policing, Inspector Peter McKennie said cameras were being installed in areas identified as having a high crash risk and a history of injury-causing or fatal crashes.
The 33 sites nationally were confirmed in May.
‘‘We’re only interested in the impact the cameras have in encouraging people to slow down to safe and appropriate speeds and get to their destination safely.
‘‘It’s quite simple, if people drive at an appropriate and safe speed ... they’ll be in no danger of getting a ticket - or more importantly being involved in a crash.’’