Police have issued 426 infringement notices in the past two
months during a campaign to reduce crashes at the worst
intersections in Dunedin, Mosgiel, Oamaru and Balclutha.
Launched in February, the campaign aimed to improve poor
driver behaviour at 23 intersections, which over five years
has caused injuries, death and an estimated social cost of
The most tickets issued at a single intersection was 93 at
the junction of St Andrew and Castle Sts in Dunedin.
Police stationed at intersections specifically for the
campaign issued 381 of the tickets, the rest being issued by
highway patrol staff at various other Dunedin intersections.
Offences included failing to stop when required by a sign,
light or arrow, failing to wear a seat belt or cycle helmet,
using a cellphone while driving, speeding, and breaching
driver licence conditions or warrant of fitness and
Dunedin Clutha Waitaki road policing manager Senior Sergeant
Phil McDouall said the worst of the 23 intersections in terms
of social cost was Orwell St and State Highway 1 in Oamaru,
which had social costs of about $5 million over five years.
Crashes there were mostly caused by drivers failing to give
way, entering the corner too fast and merging incorrectly.
In Dunedin the worst intersection for social costs was
Princes and Rattray Sts (about $3,757,240). In five years
there were 14 injury crashes (four serious) and 15 other
crashes. Fifty-four tickets were issued there.
The Duke and George Sts junction in Dunedin had a social cost
of $3,276,298, with eight injury crashes (four serious
injuries) and seven minor injuries. Thirty-six tickets were
Snr Sgt McDouall said the campaign was successful, as crash
rates at the intersections fell.
Many personnel were involved: traffic units and public safety
staff, tactical support and neighbourhood policing teams.
''It will be a regular task now, not necessarily all the
intersections at once, but staff will be tasked from time to
time to police the worst offending [incidence]
intersections,'' he said.
Tickets issued at intersections (February/March)
• St Andrew/Castle Sts ... 93
• Princes/Rattray Sts ... 54
• Andersons Bay/Hillside Rds ... 46
• Great King St/Pine Hill Rd ... 38
• Duke/George Sts ... 36
• Hillside Rd/King Edward St ... 35
• King Edward St/Macandrew Rd ... 17
• Stuart/Cumberland Sts ... 12
• Moray Pl/Princes St ... 5
• Andersons Bay Rd/Strathallan St ... 2
• Various others by highway patrol staff ... 45
• Gladstone Rd South/North ... 4
• Gordon Rd/Dukes Rd North ... 1
• Eden/Reed Sts ... 15
• Ribble St/SH1 ... 12
• Orwell St/SH1... 7
• Eden St/SH1 ... 2
• High/James Sts 2