Wakefield man Bryan Forrest reckons the police's holiday road safety campaign with a 4kmh speed threshold is wrongly targeted and a wasted effort.
The 62 year old has just received his first ever speed camera tickets - two in the same morning.
He was not roaring along on a long-distance trip. Instead he was clocked in the 50kmh zone on State Highway 6 that goes through Wakefield.
At 8.16am he was snapped doing 55kmh, then at 11.15am he was again recorded driving at 56kmh.
This breaches the 4kmh threshold that the Government announced in November would be enforced by the police throughout December and January.
Mr Forrest was clocked on December 21 but later received his tickets in the post.
He argues that if the campaign was meant to be for road safety, it has taken a long time to get its message to him.
"In the old days an officer would stop you the first time and you wouldn't do it a second time. It just shows it isn't about road safety, it's proof it's about revenue gathering."
Tasman district road policing manager Jenni Richardson said road policing was not a revenue gathering exercise. "It's about saving lives and keeping Kiwis safe on our roads.
"We would much prefer to give out no speeding tickets. Tickets aren't a measure of success, saving lives is."
With two more weeks to run in the campaign, so far the deaths for the Safer Summer period totalled 36 against 51 over the same period last year, a 30 per cent reduction which showed the campaign had been successful in its aim, she said.
While the campaign was launched as a holiday road safety campaign, Mr Forrest said it did not make sense targeting the 50kmh zone through Wakefield. He cannot recall an accident on that stretch of road.
"They made a big thing about reducing the tolerance, it sounded like they would target high-speed areas. The inference was they were after travellers not local people travelling around the village."
Inspector Richardson said all speed zones were being policed. "We are trying to get the average mean speed down and you can't do that if you only police the 100kmh zones."
Mr Forrest, a beneficiary, said he had not gone further than 30kmh from his 88 Valley home over summer.
"It surprised the hell out of me when I got the tickets," he said.
They were his first speed camera tickets, despite having previously lived in cities.
He said he would pay the fines, which is $30 for each breach. "Fair cop but really this is just about revenue, especially in the circumstances.
"As a 62 year old I'm a pretty slow traveller with an old bomb car.
"I don't speed, especially in a 100kmh area, you will never get me over that."
- The Nelson Mail
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