All speed cameras across the country have been recalibrated
with the new 4km/h speed tolerance as part of the police push
to reduce summer road deaths.
The summer push began on Sunday and police assistant
commissioner of road policing Dave Cliff said drivers
appeared to be paying attention.
The 12 fixed cameras around the country and 44 mobile cameras
were manually calibrated to the 4km/h threshold by
technicians for the start of the December 1-January 31
campaign, he said.
It was too early to analyse the first day's data, but
anecdotally, he said, the lower threshold had already caught
at least one dangerous driver.
"In Auckland, near the harbour bridge, we stopped a driver
that was travelling at 89km/h in a 80km/h zone. The driver
was stopped and breath tested and found to be over the limit.
It was their third drink-driving charge. So they had their
licence suspended and their vehicle impounded.
"That was a really good indicator first off that drivers are
ignoring the speed limit ... we will breath test you and if
you are drink-driving, we will catch you."
However, the early word from traffic cops nationally was that
most drivers were obeying the limit, he said.
To give the campaign further publicity, $350,000 of ACC money
has also been pumped into a summer advertising campaign.
Radio adverts on national and regional airwaves kicked off on
Sunday, Mr Cliff said, while billboards would begin popping
up on major roads throughout the country in the next 7 to 10
The signs feature roadside police officers with messages
promoting lines such as, "Summer speeding will be stopped",
"Anything over the limit is speeding", and, "The summer of no
The December-January period traditionally has a higher road
toll than other times of the year.
Last summer there were 346 crashes causing 57 fatalities.
- Sam Boyer of the New Zealand Herald