Constable Dave Bullot (left) and Senior Constable Brad
Taylor keep an eye on the intersection of Princes and
Rattray Sts, which has been named as the worst intersection
in Dunedin in terms of social cost. Photo by Peter
Poor driving at 23 intersections across Dunedin, Oamaru
and Balclutha has caused injuries, death and a social cost of
$20 million over a five-year period.
Yesterday police launched a two-month campaign targeting
driver behaviour at intersections across Dunedin, Waitaki and
As part of the campaign police will observe motorists at 23
intersections with the highest social cost and worst crash
The intersections are in Dunedin (12), Oamaru (5), Balclutha
(3) and Mosgiel (3).
Dunedin Clutha Waitaki road policing manager Senior Sergeant
Phil McDouall said poor driving at these intersections cost
lives, caused injuries and an estimated $20 million in social
The worst intersection in terms of social cost was at Orwell
St and SH1, in Oamaru, costing $4 million over five years, he
Crashes at that intersection were largely caused by drivers
failing to give way, entering the corner too fast, and
In Dunedin the worst intersection in terms of social costs
was at Princes and Rattray Sts, which cost an estimated
Over five years there were 14 injury crashes - including four
people suffering serious injuries - at the intersection and
15 non-injury crashes.
In five minutes at the intersection yesterday, the Otago
Daily Times witnessed two cars turn on red lights, while
another ignored a green pedestrian signal.
The Duke and George Sts intersection, also in Dunedin, had a
social cost of $3,276,298, with eight injury crashes,
including four serious injuries and seven minor injuries.
In Balclutha, the worst intersection was that of Hasborough
Pl and SH1 with an estimated social cost of $881,896. Police
will watch for poor driving, such as motorists running
traffic lights, using cellphones while driving and not
wearing seat belts.
''We are also asking our police staff on the ground, who are
carrying out enforcement at intersections, to make
recommendations on how a particular intersection could be
made safer,'' Snr Sgt McDouall said.
Earlier this year, the ODT reported Dunedin was the
worst city in New Zealand for crashes and crash casualties in
Snr Sgt McDouall said police were committed to making the
roads as safe as possible.
''We're aware that by their very nature intersections are
places that can be dangerous for road users. Our main message
to people is be aware of other road users at intersections
and take extra care, a lot can be happening.''
The campaign was also supported by NZTA and the Dunedin City
Council, he said.
Police tips for drivers
• Obey the road rules
• Don't run red or orange lights
• Be aware of who is around you - whether you are a
pedestrian, cyclist or driving a motor vehicle
• Don't text or talk on your cellphone - it puts other
drivers as well as yourself and your passengers at risk
• Be patient
SOURCE: NEW ZEALAND POLICE