New speed camera in
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.