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Topic # 150171 14-Jul-2014 09:18
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From New Zealand Police this morning:


The first of 56 new fixed speed cameras featuring the latest generation technology has today gone live in Wellington's Ngauranga Gorge.

Police last month announced the first 12 sites where the cameras will be placed, with six in Wellington and six in Auckland. These will be rolled out over the coming months, with all cameras to be in place across the country in sites assessed as having a high risk of speed-related crashes by the end of next year.

Assistant Commissioner Road Policing, Dave Cliff, says the new "second generation" camera at Ngauranga has undergone an extensive calibration and testing process over the past month to ensure its accuracy and reliability in a range of traffic conditions.

"Switching on the first of the new cameras is an important milestone in our efforts to reduce deaths and injuries on the country's roads, as part of the wider Safer Journey's strategy which focuses on creating safer roads and roadsides, safer drivers and promoting safer vehicles," Mr Cliff says.

"Between 2010 and 2012, driver speed contributed to approximately three out of 10 of all fatal crashes and two out of every 10 serious injury crashes. In human terms, that translates to 299 people killed in speed-related crashes over that three year period, and a staggering 6,300 people who suffered some kind of injury, ranging from minor to very serious.

"That's why Police and our road safety partners remain committed to doing all we can to bring speeds down, as what we know from the research both here and overseas is that speed cameras do encourage motorists to slow down, thereby reducing the risk of people being injured or killed in a crash."

Police first announced plans last July to modernise and expand its fixed (or static) speed camera network. The current fixed camera network is almost 20 years old and uses outdated wet film technology.

The first 12 sites are a mix of existing and new locations. The next site due to have a new camera installed will be in Wellington's Wainuiomata Road in September.

Mr Cliff says Police will publish the locations for the remaining cameras as soon as they are confirmed and the appropriate engineering assessments and any required discussion with communities has been carried out.

"The cameras are all being placed in locations assessed as having a high risk for speed related crashes, including those where people have died or been injured in crashes involving speed. The assessment process uses expert independent analysis based on a decade of crash data, and in-depth knowledge from police and other local traffic experts. We have also taken on board the views of people we have visited in communities who are directly affected."

Mr Cliff says about 140 sites in total around the country have been identified as having a high risk of speed related crashes, providing a framework for road safety agencies, councils and communities to target their enforcement and education efforts in known problem areas.

Funding for the speed camera upgrade project is being provided by the New Zealand Transport Agency through its Road Policing Programme, with Police and the agency to share ongoing operating costs. All money collected from speeding infringements goes to the Government, not Police.

For more information on the Ngauranga Gorge camera, please see the Police website.

 





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  Reply # 1088350 14-Jul-2014 09:47
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The Government say we need the revenue so start rolling them out..




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  Reply # 1088353 14-Jul-2014 09:49
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old3eyes: The Government say we need the revenue so start rolling them out..


Maybe roll out redlight cameras.
Then they will be out of debt over night.




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  Reply # 1088355 14-Jul-2014 09:50
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There needs to be several of these on the Esplanade in Petone, we were travelling East to West on Sunday and was passed by a car that by the way it disappeared into the distance must have been travelling close to 100 K/PH in a 50K zone in wet weather.




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  Reply # 1088362 14-Jul-2014 09:53
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TimA:
old3eyes: The Government say we need the revenue so start rolling them out..


Maybe roll out redlight cameras.
Then they will be out of debt over night.


May stop the Buses in Wellington going through red lights, especially at the Wilis Street, Lambton Quay Intersection




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KiwiNZ:
TimA:
old3eyes: The Government say we need the revenue so start rolling them out..


Maybe roll out redlight cameras.
Then they will be out of debt over night.


May stop the Buses in Wellington going through red lights, especially at the Wilis Street, Lambton Quay Intersection


Buses are the least of our worries in Auckland. 




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  Reply # 1088371 14-Jul-2014 10:21
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When one is crossing the road in a wheelchair with a green cross light and a very large Yellow and Black bus comes straight at you it is at that time the biggest worry and underwear destroying thing  frown




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  Reply # 1088373 14-Jul-2014 10:31
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What is the technology difference with these new generation cameras?

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  Reply # 1088376 14-Jul-2014 10:33
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Can look forward to the next phase of this then: In Norway theres been digital speed cameras for a while now (probably because people had a tendency to take down the old film based ones when they were caught). There are more and more of them being set up to record the average speed between two cameras.

It works by the first camera taking a picture of all cars that pass by (and the digital system reading the cars license plate). When the second camera takes a picture of the car the average speed between the two points is calculated and you will get a fine if its been over the speed limit.

Stops people slowing down before speed cameras and speeding up again between cameras.




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  Reply # 1088377 14-Jul-2014 10:34
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gzt: What is the technology difference with these new generation cameras?


Old ones are film based, new ones are digital cameras - probably with a direct connection to the Police and with the capability for machine reading of the license plates.




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  Reply # 1088378 14-Jul-2014 10:35
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TimA:
old3eyes: The Government say we need the revenue so start rolling them out..


Maybe roll out redlight cameras.
Then they will be out of debt over night.


Nah, roll out Amber light cameras. They'd be out of debt over lunchtime.

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  Reply # 1088380 14-Jul-2014 10:40
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Meh . Driving 20+ years and never been caught on one.

Single ticket was 106 in central Otago over Xmas by cop with hand held gun.

Cue posts complaining how speeding is revenue gathering and how they are are a better driver than average and should be able to speed to the conditions etc etc

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I wonder how long it'll be before the shiny new cameras are vandalised ?

I'd prefer more red light cameras than speed cameras, but hey "speeding kills" makes better headlines and marketing.

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Mark: I wonder how long it'll be before the shiny new cameras are vandalised ?

I'd prefer more red light cameras than speed cameras, but hey "speeding kills" makes better headlines and marketing.


given this "299 people killed in speed-related crashes over that three year period" then the headlines are correct. I would like to see safety cameras on all main roads and accident black spots as well as more Red light cameras.




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  Reply # 1088413 14-Jul-2014 11:21
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As long as the police don't learn how to make an average speed camera, we are fine.





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  Reply # 1088415 14-Jul-2014 11:26
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So since speed contributed to approx 3 out of 10 fatal crashes. What contrubuted to the other 7 out of 10? Im guessing poor driving skills. What I want to know is Why does NZ have the crazy system of tough tests for new drivers but no ongoing testing for existing drivers? We are basicly saying to teenagers when they pass their full licence test. "Congratulations on passing your driving test. You won't need to do another driving test for at least 50 years." And what about those older drivers who got their licence when the test was just a quick theory test. And a drive around the block with one of the traffic cops?

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