About time but why only really crack down for a month?
Police are launching a month-long blitz on red light runners on Auckland roads.
After an eight-week Auckland Transport “red means stop” warning campaign, police have begun cracking down on drivers who still haven’t got the message.
From Counties Manukau to the North Shore, they will be targeting drivers at some of the region’s most dangerous red light intersections.
“Intersections are among the most dangerous places on the New Zealand road network,” Counties Manukau district road policing manager Inspector Neil Fisher said yesterday.
“So we’ve got both overt and covert police actions taking place. This month it’s a massive focus for us and we’re putting extra resources into it.”
Auckland accounted for 35 of the country’s 100 most dangerous intersections for the 10 years to 2012, according to a list issued last week by the Government’s Transport Agency.
Mr Fisher said 46 per cent of fatal and serious injury crashes in urban areas around New Zealand in the past five years occurred at intersections.
“That’s compelling evidence to me that we’ve got to do some actions in this area. The thrust of this campaign is about making intersections safer.”
Red light running is clearly an issue and one that can be seen on a regular basis. Police say they enforce it on a regular basis but will be even more active this month. Of course raises the question what’s happening with red light cameras.
The police remain guarded about when they will introduce new red-light cameras, despite the Automobile Association’s hope that up to 20 will be rolled out around the country from late this year.
Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse issued a “position paper” in July on how more cameras could be introduced, saying he expected to see them appearing at intersections from the end of this year.
But national road policing manager Superintendent Carey Griffiths was more circumspect last night, saying the police and the Transport Agency were considering options for “the placement of a very small number of red light cameras for evaluation, potentially by the end of this year. That work is still ongoing”.
Why are police just evaluating these again. The last trial was a success, get them rolled out already.