Eastern Courier : October 24th 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, October 24, 2014 Slow it down THE NEW CAMERAS ❚ The new cameras are digital, unlike the current wet film cameras. ❚ They can detect speedingdrivers headingin both directionsand across six lanes. ❚ Infrared technology means thereis no visible flash. ❚ Cameras arein use 24 hoursa day and use a securewireless connection. ❚ Money collected goes to the Government not the police. Constant patrol: Sergeant Mark Fleming with the Murphys Rd camera to begin 24 hour operation within a week. Photo: JARRED WILLIAMSON ONE of Auckland’s first digital speed cameras will be operating within the next week on a notoriously dangerous stretch of road. The unit installed on Murphys Rd in Flat Bush is one of four new camera sites being put in around the region with another two replacing existing instalments. It’s part of a $10 million project that will see 56 new Speed camerainstalled alongdangerous stretch of road ➤SPEED REMINDER By JARRED WILLIAMSON Police will be enforcing the 4kmh speed tolerance this Labour Weekend. SergeantMark Fleming says drivers need to be awareofthe speed limits and their surroundings. That includes drivers using their cellphone while driving, he says. digital cameras across the country by the end of next year. Sergeant Mark Fleming from the Counties Manukau Road Policing Unit says the Flat Bush site was chosen because of safety concerns. ‘‘There’s very limited run- off on the road and there’s an uneven road surface. If you make a mistake at high speeds here then it could take your life,’’ he says. ‘‘We regularly catch people doing in excess of 100kmh. It’s a very unforgiving road.’’ The speed limit used to be 100kmh but there were a spate of fatal crashes as a result, he says. It was lowered to 60kmh before being raised to the current 80kmh. Having a patrol car stationed on the road for an extended period of time would be impractical, Fleming says. ‘‘The cameras are an extra tool and act as a deterrent. ‘‘The road toll would prob- ably suggest that the message about safer driving is getting through.’’ But that does not leave room for complacency, he says. The cameras will be able to catch speeding motorists across six lanes and will use infrared. ‘‘Motorists that cover their number plates with a wax or other substance to reflect the flash will still get ticketed ... the infrared can penetrate through it,’’ Fleming says. The Murphys Rd spot where the camera has been installed had nine crashes causing injury between 2005 and 2009, according to a New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) report. Other new camera sites near East Auckland include Mill Rd and Tamaki Dr while an old camera has been replaced on Great South Rd in Otahuhu. Sun, sea, sand and safety at the beach this summer About 1200 Kiwis will be rescued from the surf by lifeguards this summer. Labour Weekend marks the start of the patrolling season for 4000 volunteer lifeguards. Surf Life Saving New Zealand chief executive Paul Dalton says it is the first long weekend since June and daylight savings means families will start thinking about heading to the coast. He says Surf Life Saving is committed to making beaches as safe as possible. ‘‘The beach is New Zea- land’s favourite playground but it can also be a danger- ous place. Learning about the risks and preparing yourself will mean you can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.’’ People should take water safety into consideration when planning a trip and head to one of more than 80 patrolled beaches, he says. ‘‘Make sure you are choos- ing a patrolled beach where you can swim between the flags and feel safe in the knowledge there are highly skilled lifeguards on hand.’’ Beaches will be patrolled until Easter. ❚ Go to findabeach.co.nzor surflifesaving.org.nz. Flag time: Swimbetween the flags when taking a dip at the beach this summer. Photo: PHIL DOYLE BESTBEACHTIPS ❚ Be prepared andfinda beach that is patrolled. ❚ Listen to the advice of lifeguards. ❚ Always keep an eye on children in the water. ❚ Get a friend to swim with you, never swim or surf alone. ❚ Stay between the flags. ❚ Watch out forrips. Rips aredangerous but calmlooking patches of water that can have waves breaking to the side. Rippled, discoloured or foamy water with debris can also mean a rip is present. ❚ Be smartaround rocks. Whether fishingor exploring at the beach, rocky outcrops can be very dangerous in large surf. Always wear a lifejacket when fishing. Never stand on a rock outcrop that is already wet (a sure sign waves will be washing over it) and always face the ocean. Never turn your back on the sea.
October 22nd 2014