Auckland Transport and the Police are running a 2 week campaign against red light running, but only at four intersections.
Red light running is the focus of a major 2 week long road safety operation, launching in Auckland’s Waitemata District on Monday 16 May, coinciding with the start of Road Safety Week.
The operation is a joint initiative between Police, Auckland Transport and NZ Transport Agency.
Police will target those motorists who take risks at 4 key high-risk intersections in the District, during peak morning traffic.
Police and AT staff will work together to monitor and identify offending in real time, while Police and AT education and enforcement teams will stop those identified at the roadside.
Waitemata Road Policing Manager Inspector Trevor Beggs says the education and enforcement operation aims to reduce crashes at intersections and subsequent traffic congestion.
“In Auckland between 2010-2014, 55 people died and 737 people were seriously injured in intersection crashes. That is far too many families changed forever by the loss of a loved one, and literally hundreds of Kiwis who live with a disability for the rest of their lives,” says Mr Beggs.
“We need to educate motorists around intersection safety. If they’re patient and obey traffic signals we can prevent these totally avoidable deaths and serious injuries.”
Auckland Transport’s Community Transport Manager Claire Dixon says the intersections were selected because of their location, crash risk, traffic flow and ability to monitor by AT through its CCTV network.
Police and AT staff will respond appropriately to motorists caught running red or amber lights. Police staff will apply discretion when dealing with individual motorists, which may result in education or enforcement action.
Ms Dixon says crashes are just part of the problem. “We have to work on the attitude of drivers towards red light signals. Drivers need to get the message that by running red lights they are putting themselves, their passengers and others in danger.”
The 4 intersections involved are:
- Onewa Rd/Highbury Bypass/Birkenhead Ave.
- Albany Expressway/Dairy Flat Highway/Oteha Valley Rd/Albany Highway.
- Glenfield Rd/Bentley Ave.
- Taharoto Rd/Northcote Rd.
This raises a few questions for me:
- With only four intersections being targeted and all four on the North Shore just how effective will this campaign be?
- Are they effectively saying that drivers on the North Shore run red lights more than in other parts of the city? I know that when I ride to work I certainly see it happening a lot on the North Shore.
- Last year seven red light cameras were installed at various places around the city, most were in East Auckland. Why not expand that network and monitor these intersections all of the time?