Crack down on red light runners

TOM HUNT
Last updated 10:26 27/06/2014
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The intersection at Boulcott, Manners and Willis streets is a hot spot for red light runners.
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Red light runners will be under the spotlight with a new Wellington City Council and police crackdown on the problem.

While the Wellington City Council has no power to ticket drivers who run red lights, police will be paying special attention to lights in the campaign being launched this week.

The ''Stop on Red'' campaign was designed to remind drivers who ran red lights that the risks to themselves and others were not worth it, a council statement said.

Council safe and sustainable transport manager Paul Barker said, on average, 26 deaths or serious injuries happened in crashes at Wellington intersections each year.

''Failure to give way or stop is a factor in 25 percent of all crashes in Wellington in 2013.

''Crashes are also expensive for vehicle owners in the cost of repairs and cause traffic delays around the city."
The council's involvement was limited to publicity around the issue.

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