The $2m speed cam­era

Sin­gle cam­era at Kauri snaps 24,328 speed of­fences

Whangarei Report - - FRONT PAGE -

A Whanga¯ rei fixed speed cam­era has given out more tick­ets than any other fixed cam­era in the coun­try in the first half of the year, bring­ing in a to­tal of $2.6 mil­lion in fines.

The cam­era, on State High­way 1 near Kauri just south of Sa­le­yards Road, snapped 24,328 speed of­fences and brought in $2,603,420 in fines be­tween Jan­uary and June this year.

That’s an av­er­age of 4054 speed­ing drivers clocked and $433,903.33 in fines col­lected ev­ery month, or 134 fines worth $14,383 is­sued ev­ery day.

The in­for­ma­tion was re­vealed in road polic­ing driver of­fence data for Jan­uary 2009 to June 2018 re­leased this month.

The next high­est was $1.8m from a fixed cam­era on Rata St in Auck­land’s New Lynn and $1.7m from a cam­era north of Auck­land’s Water­view Tun­nel for the south­bound lanes.

The cam­era in Kauri mon­i­tors a stretch of high­way which has an 80km/h speed limit.

NZ Trans­port Agency re­duced the speed to 80km/h from Kauri to Springs Flat in April 2015 to cut the num­ber of high sever­ity speed-re­lated crashes.

William Hau was stung by the speed cam­era at Kauri three times in one week­end, and has a mes­sage for other mo­torists.

“Don’t get com­pla­cent with your driv­ing and pay at­ten­tion to all signs on the road.”

He said the signs are put up for a rea­son and peo­ple can’t re­ally com­plain.

“If the sign’s there that says slow down, you’ve got to slow down.”

The Kerik­eri man was help­ing his sis­ter move from Whangarei to Kerik­eri one week­end in April. He said he got two tick­ets on the Satur­day and one on Sun­day.

Se­nior Sergeant Ian Row of North­land road polic­ing said he was not sur­prised by the fig­ures for the Kauri speed cam­era.

He said be­fore the speed cam­era was in­stalled and changes were made to the road lay­out, the area was a “high-risk crash zone“.

Be­tween 2008 and 2012 there were 40 crashes of which 24 per cent in­volved ex­cess speed, Row said.

That com­pared with a na­tional av­er­age for the type of state high­way of 13 per cent. “Our hope is with the speed cam­era and the changes to the in­ter­sec­tion at Apotu Rd and Sa­le­yards Rd we will con­tinue to see a down­ward trend of crashes in that area.”

Anec­do­tally, he said, there have been fewer crashes in that area since the speed cam­era was in­stalled at the end of last year.

He said the money goes into the Gov­ern­ment’s con­sol­i­dated fund and most of­fi­cers don’t know or don’t see how much is col­lected.

PHOTO / JOHN STONE

The fixed speed cam­era on State High­way 1 near Kauri clocked more than 24,000 speed­ing ve­hi­cles in the first half of this year, to­talling fines of $2.6 mil­lion.

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