Speeding tickets triple in one year

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Words: Nile Bijoux
15 Apr 2019

The number of speeding fines accumulated across the country tripled last year compared with 2017, largely due to an increase in static speeding camera fines.

Static cameras sent out nearly half of all tickets issued in 2018 (611,718) while mobile cameras (vans parked on some roads) sent out 351,591 tickets. Police officers issued 228,175 tickets.

In monetary terms, static cameras netted $54.8 million in fines, nearly $40m more than in 2017. One camera, in Whangarei, pulled $4.8 million by itself.

While that’s good news for the Government coffers, not everyone is happy (excluding those caught speeding). AA’s general manager of motoring affairs, Mike Noon, was quoted as saying that some cameras look to be targeting socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. He said a camera issuing a ticket is not a measure of success; it simply says there were unsafe speeds in that area.

Noon added that in most other countries, speed cameras are signposted to give people the opportunity to slow down.

Police said that they were no longer focusing on preventing speeding. Instead, they are employing reactive punishments, hence the increase in static cameras.

Unfortunately, the reactive approach doesn’t seem to be helping to reduce the road toll. Twenty-eight people lost their lives on the road in ten days this month, with Ministry of Transport data showing 114 people have died on the roads this year, one less than had died by the same point in 2018.

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