A focus on SH2 this winter

Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion.

The Western Bay of Plenty road policing team will be out in force during the next five months as their winter action plan kicks up a gear.

The programme runs from April 1 until August 31, and focuses predominately on the local state highway network – State Highway 2 north of Bethlehem, State Highway 29 over the Kaimai Range, the Tauranga Eastern Link, and State Highway 33 to Rotorua.

Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says it's something his team have been doing for five years.

“It was brought about by a high crash risk on the Kaimai Range. All road safety partners got together to create an action plan, which included a high level of deployment and prevention activities. This was combined with engineering improvements by the New Zealand Transport Agency to the road, and education.

“It's had a significant impact on State Highway 29. We've had a 60 per cent decrease in crashes over the years, which is a fantastic result.”

Ian says the increased Police presence will be focusing on a range of driving and vehicle-related matters, all with intention of keeping the road toll down.

“There will be increased enforcement of speed, as well as drivers being breath-tested, checks on driver licences and vehicles standards – tyres, lights, windscreens, that sort of thing.”

Ian says their priority highway now is State Highway 2 north between Bethlehem and Athenree.

“We're hoping for the same reduction in crashes on that route. The two issues with that roadway are distractions and intersection compliance.

“We want to reduce fatalities and injuries. However, even crashes without injuries on our highways these days is likely to cause significant delays, which is inconveniencing to people.”



7 Comments

Pedantic Policing

Posted on 22-04-2017 09:24 | By mutley

Regarding the Omokoroa intersection comments: the Government Department that we call the Police is set up to prosecute on easily measurable and legally provable offences. Unfortunately these are not necessarily the forms of behaviour that most influence the crash rate. So was the policeman on the day also ticketting drivers who pulled out, in the face of oncoming traffic, using the road shoulder as an impromptu merging lane ? At Omokoroa this is really dangerous because it forces vehicles travelling from Katkati over to the right where they are in grave danger of hitting a vehicle that may be stopped at the road centre to turn into Youngson Rd but out of sight until the Katikati vehicle comes over the rise. This sort of problem is way more dangerous than "which line did you stop on" and has caused serious crashes there in the past.

PS

Posted on 22-04-2017 08:24 | By waiknot

The law does not say you must stop on the yellow line. You must stop and have clear visibility.

By Stokey

Posted on 22-04-2017 08:22 | By waiknot

If as you say is correct contest the ticket. Make him explain it in court. At the very least you get him of the road for a day.

Revenue gathering at the Omokoroa intersection?

Posted on 21-04-2017 18:29 | By stokey

I hope they do more than merely sit below the Omokoroa intersection, waiting for left turning traffic, who fail to stop ON THE LINE, rather than slightly back from the intersection where visibility is better. The mufti car has been doing this for months now, giving out tickets on techicalities. I, like many locals, tend to stop at the intersection where we can get a clear view whether it is at, or back from the line, depending on visibility. When I was given a ticket for not stopping AT THE LINE, I pointed out to the Officer that I stopped back from the line which gave better visibility and that 3 other vehicles were doing exactly the same thing. He replied, "When I'm fishing, I can't catch all the fish". When I returned from town he was still there, giving tickets.

@ old trucker

Posted on 21-04-2017 15:47 | By Linaire

I disagree with you. You might drive to the rules, but heaps of others do not. Good on the road policing team for wanting to reduce fatalities, injuries, and delays .. and especially now with winter approaching and the conditions becoming more changeable.

Refreshing change ...

Posted on 21-04-2017 14:09 | By mutley

... to hear Senior Sergeant Slow Down talking of something other than speed enforcement. Great stuff - who would have thought that tyres, lights, windscreens, distractions and bad behaviour at intersections were ever important ? I applaude the new approach. The question is, which particular time period has he chosen to calculate the "60% decrease in crashes over the years" ? Never trust a Public Servant with statistics. So when he takes credit for the improvements - will he accept blame when it all goes wrong ? Yeah right - it will be the drivers fault then.

here we go again

Posted on 21-04-2017 11:36 | By old trucker

Aways something,gosh leave people alone,my thoughts only,Sunlive Thankyou,10-4 out.

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