Cost of speed­ing spi­rals up

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Quin­li­van mark.quin­li­[email protected]

Speed­ing mo­torists snapped by cam­eras in South Can­ter­bury have been fined at least $1.54 mil­lion in the past five years.

Mid-South Can­ter­bury po­lice area com­man­der In­spec­tor Dave Gaskin said more fines had been gen­er­ated in some years com­pared with oth­ers, as po­lice de­ployed mo­bile speed cam­eras in ‘‘at risk’’ lo­ca­tions.

Fixed and mo­bile safe speed cam­eras snapped 11,882 speed­ing mo­torists in 2018 – over 6000 more than in 2013.

Of those tick­ets, 6287 were for mo­torists caught by a fixed speed cam­era at Arowhenua, which started work last May.

Po­lice fig­ures, ob­tained un­der the Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion Act, show that from Jan­uary 1 2013, to Septem­ber 30, 2018, 51,516 tick­ets were gen­er­ated by cam­eras in South Can­ter­bury – an av­er­age of about 25 a day.

That fig­ure equates to at least $1.55 mil­lion in fines as in New Zealand speed­ing fines in­crease pro­gres­sively from $30 for speeds less than 10kmh over the limit, to a max­i­mum fine of $630 for speeds up to 50kmh over the limit.

The fig­ures also show three ve­hi­cles were snapped by the Te­muka speed cam­era trav­el­ling at least 50kmh over the 80kmh speed limit in 2018. They also show four were snapped trav­el­ling be­tween 126kmh and 130kmh, seven be­tween 121kmh and 125kmh, 23 be­tween 116kmh and 120kmh, 72 be­tween 111kmh and 115kmh, and 173 be­tween 106kmh and 110kmh.

Trav­el­ling more than 40kmh above the speed limit, a mo­torist can also face a 28-day li­cence sus­pen­sion and at more than 50kmh over the limit could be charged with care­less, dan­ger­ous or reck­less driv­ing.

A mo­bile speed cam­era on Craigie Ave (SH1), in Ti­maru, has caught 3537 speed­ing driv­ers be­tween 2013 and Septem­ber 30 2018. An­other mo­bile cam­era, on King St (also SH1), in Ti­maru, caught 5852 driv­ers dur­ing the same time pe­riod.

Mo­bile speed cam­era sites in South Can­ter­bury be­tween 2013 and Septem­ber 2018: Burkes Pass (SH8, 100kmh zone) 87 tick­ets; Crick­le­wood (Fair­lie, SH8 100kmh zone) 11 tick­ets; School Rd (Fair­lie, 50kmh zone) 57 tick­ets; Fair­lie (SH8, 60kmh zone) 2159 tick­ets; Mt Michael (Fair­lie, SH79 100kmh zone) five tick­ets; Cox St (Geral­dine, 50kmh zone) 1330 tick­ets; McKen­zie St (Geral­dine, 50kmh zone) 214 tick­ets; Geral­dine (SH79, 50kmh zone) 1131 tick­ets; Ran­gi­tata (SH79, 100kmh zone) 1243 tick­ets; Ran­gi­tata (SH1, 100kmh zone) 1205 tick­ets; Lake Tekapo (SH8, 100kmh zone) 579 tick­ets; Hal­stead Rd (Pleas­ant Point, 50kmh zone) 273 tick­ets; Pleas­ant Point (SH8, 50kmh zone) 324 tick­ets; Otaio (SH1,100 kmh zone) 2090 tick­ets; St An­drews (SH1, 70kmh zone) 874 tick­ets; Sead­own (Te­muka, SH1 100kmh zone) 272 tick­ets; Richard Pearse Dr (Te­muka, 50kmh zone) 611 tick­ets; King St (Te­muka, SH1 50kmh zone) 4467 tick­ets; Winch­ester (SH1, 50kmh zone) 1000 tick­ets; Sel­wyn St (March­wiel, Ti­maru 50kmh zone) 755 tick­ets; Scar­bor­ough (Ti­maru, SH1 100kmh zone) 273 tick­ets; Evans St (Ti­maru, SH1 50kmh zone) 388 tick­ets; Glen­iti Rd (Ti­maru, 50kmh zone) 2848 tick­ets; Grants Rd (Ti­maru, 50kmh zone) 90 tick­ets; King St (SH1, Ti­maru 50kmh zone) 5852 tick­ets; North St (Ti­maru, 50kmh zone) 448 tick­ets; Pages Rd (Ti­maru, 50kmh zone) 1222 tick­ets; Craigie Ave (SH1, Ti­maru 50kmh zone) 3537 tick­ets; Mor­gans Rd (Ti­maru, 50kmh zone) 578 tick­ets; Washdyke (SH8, 70kmh zone) 196 tick­ets; Makik­ihi (SH1, 70kmh zone) 47 tick­ets; Studholme (Wai­mate, SH1 100kmh) 39 tick­ets; Wai­hoa Forks (Wai­mate, SH82 100kmh zone) one ticket; Par­son­age Rd (Wai­mate, 50kmh zone) 328 tick­ets.

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