Work to in­stall new cam­eras be­gins

South Canterbury Herald - - TEMUKA NEWS - ME­GAN SUTHER­LAND

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.’’

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