New speed cam­era in

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

State High­way 2 in Puke­hina is one of 33 lo­ca­tions across the coun­try where new dig­i­tal cam­eras are be­ing in­stalled.

The cam­era will start op­er­at­ing next week and is part of ef­forts within the Bay of Plenty Po­lice District to en­sure safe speeds and re­duce deaths and in­juries on roads.

“Road crashes have dev­as­tat­ing im­pacts on fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties,” says In­spec­tor Peter McKen­nie, op­er­a­tions man­ager road polic­ing.

In­stal­la­tion of the cam­eras is part of the third phase of the $10 mil­lion static cam­era ex­pan­sion pro­gramme, an­nounced in July 2013.

Sites re­ceiv­ing new cam­eras have all been iden­ti­fied as having a high crash risk based on de­tailed analysis by in­de­pen­dent traf­fic ex­perts.

“We know from in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence that safe speed cam­eras have an im­pact on slow­ing peo­ple down to safer speeds, and that’s what we want,” says In­spec­tor McKen­nie.

“This is why we’re plac­ing safe speed cam­eras at this and other sites, to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­duce their speed, which in turn helps re­duce deaths and in­juries on our roads.”

In­spec­tor McKen­nie says that while some peo­ple be­lieve cam­era in­fringe­ments are about rev­enue col­lect­ing, they are not. Po­lice does not re­tain the money from cam­era in­fringe­ments, the money goes into the Crown’s con­sol­i­dated fund.

“We’re only in­ter­ested in the im­pact the cam­eras have on en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to slow down to safe and ap­pro­pri­ate speeds, so they get to their des­ti­na­tion safely.”

The ex­pan­sion pro­gramme will con­tinue to be backed by other mea­sures, in­clud­ing a highly vis­i­ble Po­lice pres­ence on high risk routes.

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