Police drive down road speeds with new cameras

Police aim to use the safe speed cameras to reduce deaths and injuries.
Police aim to use the safe speed cameras to reduce deaths and injuries. Photo credit: Getty

A new safe speed camera is being installed on Massey Road in Mangere, Auckland in an effort to drive down speeds.

The camera is one of 33 sites across New Zealand identified as a high crash risk area. Police aim to use the cameras to reduce deaths and injuries in these areas.

New Zealand speed camera locations

"The placement of the poles and cameras is occurring at those sites across the country that have been identified as having a high crash risk and a history of fatalities and injury crashes, based on detailed analysis by independent traffic experts," says road policing operations manager Inspector Peter McKennie.

Inspt McKennie says police aren't interested in camera fines.

"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," he says.

"This will also continue to be backed by other measures, such as maintaining a highly visible police presence on high-risk routes and other enforcement tools.

"It's quite simple, if people drive at an appropriate and safe speed for the road and the conditions, they'll be in no danger of getting a ticket - or more importantly being involved in a crash."

Installation at the sites began in early September, and the pole for the Massey Road site was put in place on Tuesday.

Once the cameras have been installed they will be thoroughly tested before becoming operational, says Inspt McKennie.

"We know from international experience that safe speed cameras do have an impact on slowing people down, particularly around the sphere of influence of the camera," he says.

"This is why we are working to place safe speed cameras at this and other sites, to encourage people to reduce their mean speeds.

"When coupled with road safety improvements and other measures, this helps reduce deaths and injuries."

The sites represent the third phase of the $10 million static camera expansion programme announced in July 2013.

The locations for the new cameras are:

  • Tamaki Drive, Parnell
  • Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough
  • Great North Road, Grey Lynn
  • State Highway 2, Pukehina
  • State Highway 1, Temuka
  • Leeston Road, Springston
  • State Highway 3, Mokoia
  • State Highway 56, Tiakitahuna
  • Mahia Road, Wattle Downs
  • Massey Road, Mangere
  • Waiuku Road, Mauku
  • Glenbrook Road, Kingseat
  • Awhitu Road, Karioitahi
  • Great North Road, Kamo
  • Dunedin Southern Motorway, Burnside
  • King Edward Street, South Dunedin
  • Otatara Road, New River Ferry
  • Maclaggan Street, Dunedin Central
  • Wansbeck Street, Oamaru
  • State Highway 2, Maramarua
  • State Highway 2, Waikino
  • Main Road, Raglan
  • State Highway 29, Te Poi
  • Otorohanga Road, Otorohanga
  • State Highway 2, Waihi
  • Te Awamutu Cambridge Road, Cambridge
  • Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Coatsville
  • State Highway 1, Wellsford
  • State Highway 17, Albany Heights
  • Great North Road, Henderson
  • Twin Coast Discovery Highway, Dome Valley
  • Rata Street, New Lynn
  • East Coast Road, Redvale