New safe speed cameras will start operating this week in an effort to lower speeds and reduce deaths and injuries on our roads.
The cameras, on State Highway 2 in Maramarua, Awhitu Road and Waiuku Road are among 33 locations across the country.
“Road crashes have devastating impacts on families and communities,” said Superintendent Steve Greally, National Manager Road Policing.
The camera at State Highway 2 is one of seven being installed in the Waikato Police district as part of the third phase and is due to start operating this week.
The 33 sites receiving new cameras have all been identified as having a high crash risk based on detailed analysis by independent traffic experts on fatal and injury crashes in the area.
“We know from international experience that safe speed cameras have an impact on slowing people down, and that’s what we want,” said Mr Greally.
“This is why we’re placing safe speed cameras at this and other sites, to encourage people to reduce their speed, which in turn helps reduce deaths and injuries on our roads.”
Mr Greally says Police aren’t interested in camera fines and do not collect any revenue from them. “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.”
The expansion programme will continue to be backed by other measures, including a highly visible Police presence on high risk routes.
“All road users have a part to play in keeping our roads safe,” he said.
“We encourage drivers to protect themselves and their families by driving to the conditions and within the speed limit, driving sober and alert, and making sure everyone in the car wears a safety belt. Let’s work together and make sure everybody gets where they’re going safely,” Mr Greally said.