Wellington and Auckland will be the first cities to get new-generation fixed speed cameras as part of a national rollout at sites with the highest risk of speed-related crashes.
The $10 million project will see 56 digital cameras in place across the country by the end of next year.
Wellington cameras will be the first to be installed at crash hot spots in Ngauranga, Thorndon, Aotea, Wanuiomata and two Lower Hutt sites.
In Auckland, they will be installed in Great South Rd in Otahuhu, two locations in Totara Park, in Tamaki Drive in Parnell and locations in Henderson Valley and Kelston.
Assistant road policing commissioner Dave Cliff said the initial rollout in Auckland and Wellington was a milestone after police announced plans last July to modernise and expand its fixed speed camera network. The current network is almost 20 years old and uses outdated wet-film technology.
The initial 12 sites are a mix of existing and new locations.
"Announcing the first sites that will receive the new advanced cameras represents an exciting step forward as we work with our road-safety partners to save lives and prevent serious injuries on our roads, particularly in those places where the evidence tells us there is a high risk of speed-related crashes," Cliff said.
"We have consulted with people in those communities directly affected by placement of the cameras, who were all resoundingly supportive of having them in their neighbourhoods to improve road safety."
NZ Transport Agency road safety director Ernst Zollner said the rollout would be welcomed by most New Zealanders.
"We know that a clear majority of Kiwis support the efforts of police to save lives and prevent serious injuries by enforcing speed limits," he said.
"We are aiming to bring the road toll down by making every part of our transport system safer – vehicles, roads and roadsides, speeds and road users."
The first new camera will be installed for testing at Wellington's Ngauranga Gorge next week, eventually replacing a camera used at the site since last September.
The new camera will undergo a rigorous testing and a calibration process before going live next month.
Police will use mobile cameras and other enforcement while the camera is being tested.
The current Ngauranga Gorge camera is of a newer generation but there have been technological advances since it was installed last year.
"It also makes sense that we start the camera upgrade process with the same second-generation technology that will ultimately be rolled out across the rest of the country," Cliff said.
"This provides us with a consistent baseline from which to test the equipment across a range of conditions and gather useful information that will help inform the rest of the rollout process."
Police will publish the locations for the remaining cameras as soon as they are confirmed and community consultation and engineering assessments have been carried out.
Cliff said camera placement would be an open process, with sites selected solely on robust scientific evidence.
"Police do not receive any money collected from speeding fines, which goes to government funds," he said.
"However, any fine issued is nothing when compared with the devastating social, human and economic cost of a crash to our communities."
There are about 140 sites around the country identified as having a high risk of speed-related crashes.
FIRST 12 SITES FOR ROLLOUT OF NEW FIXED SPEED CAMERAS (*indicates existing sites)
|Street||Locality||Police District||Operational date|
|State Highway 1||Ngauranga*||Wellington||July 2014|
|Wainuiomata Rd||Wainuiomata||Wellington||September 2014|
|Whitford Brown Ave||Aotea||Wellington||October 2014|
|State Highway 1||Thorndon*||Wellington||October 2014|
|Wainui Rd||Waiwhetu||Wellington||October 2014|
|Hutt Rd||Korokoro||Wellington||October 2014|
|Great South Rd||Otahuhu*||Counties Manukau||October 2014|
|Mill Rd||Totara Park||Counties Manukau||November 2014|
|Murphys Rd||Totara Park||Counties Manukau||November 2014|
|Tamaki Drive||Parnell||Auckland City||November 2014|
|Candia Rd||Henderson Valley||Waitemata||November 2014|
|Great North Rd||Kelston*||Waitemata||November 2014|
- The Dominion Post