Two new safe speed cameras are in operation on Waikato roads in an effort to reduce the number of fatal or serious crashes.
“Road crashes have devastating impacts on families and communities,” says Inspector Peter McKennie, Operations Manager Road Policing.
State Highway 2 in Waikino and Main Road in Raglan are among 33 locations across the country where new digital cameras are being installed as part of the third phase of the $10m static camera expansion programme, announced in July 2013.
These two cameras are part of the seven cameras being installed in the Waikato Police District and are due to start operating this week.
Sites receiving new cameras have all been identified as having a high crash risk based on detailed analysis by independent traffic experts.
“We know from international experience that safe speed cameras have an impact on slowing people down to safer speeds, and that's what we want,” says Peter.
“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.”
Peter says while some people believe camera infringements are about revenue collecting, they are not.
Police do not retain the money from camera infringements, the money goes into the Crown's consolidated fund.
“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.
“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.”