Ticket total up, but road toll down

By Cameron Leslie

If speeding tickets are what Northland drivers need to slow them down then so be it, says Roadsafe Northland.

New figures released by police show the number of speeding tickets handed out has nearly doubled throughout New Zealand over the past year. In 2010, police handed out 627,948 tickets for speeding infringements, compared with 329,838 in 2009.

Roadsafe Northland Whangarei co-ordinator Gillian Archer said the region had to support ticket issuing as it was keeping the road toll down. "If the increase in speeding tickets is what it takes to reduce the number of deaths on our roads then that's the way we have to go about it," she said.

The exercise was not revenue gathering but about keeping people safe, with ideally no tickets being issued. "At the end of the day people aren't paying sufficient attention to the speed they are travelling," Mrs Archer said.

The Automobile Association has called for signs warning drivers of speed cameras in high-risk areas - an idea Mrs Archer said had proven results in Australia.

Only six people have died on Northland's roads so far in 2011 - compared with 22 for 2010.

Police say they are considering signs warning people of speed cameras.

- Northern Advocate

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