NZ to fol­low global lead — trial av­er­age speed cam­era

Te Awamutu Courier - - Driven -

Two tri­als of av­er­age speed cam­eras and warn­ing signs are good moves to ex­plore fairer and more ef­fec­tive ways of help­ing driv­ers stick to the speed limit, says the AA.

The Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced that in 2019 it will trial av­er­age speed cam­eras in the Water­view Tun­nel and at a road­works site on the South­ern Mo­tor­way in Auck­land.

“Av­er­age speed cam­eras are used in many other coun­tries so it makes sense for us to trial them here in New Zealand,” says AA prin­ci­pal ad­vi­sor – reg­u­la­tions Mark Stock­dale.

“If they can help us to get more peo­ple trav­el­ling at safe speeds and less tick­ets be­ing is­sued that will be a win-win for ev­ery­one.”

Av­er­age speed cam­eras (also known as point-to-point cam­eras) mea­sure how long it takes a ve­hi­cle to travel along a stretch of road. Un­like cur­rent cam­eras, which just cap­ture a ve­hi­cle’s speed at a mo­ment in time, the new cam­eras will only ticket ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling at an ex­ces­sive av­er­age speed over the whole stretch of road.

A re­cent sur­vey of AA Mem­bers found the ma­jor­ity sup­ported the idea of av­er­age speed cam­eras.

“Overseas ex­pe­ri­ence is that av­er­age speed cam­eras are bet­ter at keep­ing speeds down over wider ar­eas than tra­di­tional cam­eras,” says Mark.

“Im­por­tantly, they also had much lower tick­et­ing rates as they are fo­cussed on catch­ing peo­ple who are con­sis­tently above the limit. The ma­jor­ity of driv­ers who aim to stick to the limit but might ac­ci­den­tally go above it briefly will avoid a ticket.”

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