HB's riskiest intersections in spotlight

By Brendan Manning


 The Bay's most dangerous intersections are revealed in newly released data from the New Zealand Transport Agency.

The agency analysed crash data for the period 2007-2011 in which four fatal crashes occurred at intersections in the Bay region.

Hawke's Bay Roadsafe spokeswoman Linda Anderson said annual crash reduction studies identified a number of dangerous intersections which were awaiting either remedial work or "extensive re-fits".

"They tend to be concerning ones on Longlands Rd, there's some adjoining ones along there," Ms Anderson said.

Rated most dangerous was State Highway 2 & SH50A Pakipaki - with four serious/fatal crashes in the period.

Railway Rd South & Longlands Rd East, Mill Rd & Richmond Rd, Havelock Rd & St Georges Rd, SH50 & Omahu Rd intersections also rated highly, each with two or three serious/fatal crashes.

Fixing problem intersections was high on the priority list and work was ongoing. "Sometimes it can just be as simple as painting [a] raised median."

More extensive work involved changing the "sight line" of an intersection.

However, driver behaviour was more often the cause of crashes, Ms Anderson said.

From the 392 crashes at intersections on local roads in the analysis period, four people were killed, 67 seriously injured and 432 had minor injuries.

Travelling too fast for the conditions was a factor in 11 per cent of the crashes, young drivers featured in 33 per cent of crashes and alcohol and drugs in 12 per cent.

From the 81 crashes at intersections on state highways, three people were killed, 17 seriously injured and 106 had minor injuries.

The top two characteristics of were failing to stop or give way, and crossing/turning.

As of Friday two people had died on Hawke's Bay roads this year, down from nine at the same time last year.

The Safer Journeys Action Plan 2013-15 was launched last month, with a goal of a safe road system, increasingly free of death and serious injury.

The plan is a cross-agency initiative and includes a high-risk intersection programme identifying the country's 100 highest risk intersections and finding solutions for at least 30.

Most dangerous intersections

SH2 and SH50A, Pakipaki

Railway Rd South and Longlands Rd East, Hastings

Mill Rd and Richmond Rd, Clive

Havelock Rd and St Georges Rd, Hastings

SH50 and Omahu Rd, Hastings

Source: NZTA

- Hawkes Bay Today

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