After sharing our articles on the call for judder bar installation in Hamilton Drive last week, the Post Newspaper received a variety of responses on the matter. This was following an incident where two young girls were bowled by a driver who has since been charged with reckless driving. Here is what a few of our readers had to say.
Some food for thought:
1) From the Local Area Traffic Management Guidelines (Auckland transport) page three Selection Criteria (for traffic management Devices)
a. Within a speed zone of 50kph or less
b. That ideally have adjacent arterial routes to absorb diverted traffic
c. That have a recorded accident/incident history over a five year period where speed has been identified as a potential factor and
d. That have a known speeding problem
It would seem to me that Hamilton Estates qualifies under all factors except B and that is due to the fact that we have a local problem, not a drive through “shortcut” type problem
2) A speed camera was set up for a survey in March of 2015. It was set up approximately 100m west of Huia on Hamilton road. This is an odd place to put it as traffic slowing to turn
on Huia will skew the results. That said:
a. During the survey period of 7 days 31.5% of the cars passing the camera (both directions were speeding)
b. During the week 3 cars exceeded 90km/hr ( this would have resulted in a $400 fine and a 28 day license suspension)
c. During the week 13 exceeded 80 km/hr
d. During the week 33 exceeded 70 km/hr
Auckland Traffic use the 85 percentile speed of 52.9 km/hr to “prove” that our roads are safe. Given that a significant number of cars in the survey would have been preparing to turn onto Huia and thus slowing ( more than 1500 cars out of the 10000 total)
the “average” is meaningless. Also the average is not likely to kill someone but rather the excessive speed which has been proven with Auckland Transport’s own camera.
When Traffic management measures were last requested crash data was used to support the fact that no measures were necessary. I would be very interested to know the frequency of calls to please regarding dangerous driving (this was not included in the report). As residents we appreciate the new signage and the new lines indicating the centre.
We are asking for a comprehensive plan. This could include judder bars, chicanes, increased police presence with Cameras, and any other options that have been seen to work elsewhere.
The speed at which some cars are driven—it is not a race track. Hamilton Drive is a wide, deceptive road with large areas of grass verge, especially at the top by the Hamilton Trust. We’ve had vehicles doing wheelies on this area in the past.