Red light runners targeted
Red light runners are in the gun this month as Hamilton police set out to sting the impatient.
Acting Sergeant Steve Jones of the Hamilton Strategic Traffic Unit said Operation Red Eye will be running over August, aiming to reduce the number of intersection crashes.
Hamilton experienced 184 crashes in its 50kmh zone between 2007 and 2011.
"Intersection crashes account for about 70 per cent of our attendances each year and a lot of these are as a result of people failing to stop for red lights or at controlled intersections.
"Last year a vehicle failing to stop for a red light at the intersection of Kent and Hall Streets in Frankton led to the death of an 84-year-old driver.’’
During the four year survey period, 12 people suffered serious injuries while 49 suffered minor harm in crashes of a similar nature.
Police, together with the Hamilton City Council and NZTA, have identified the intersections of most concern which police will now concentrate on to improve driver behaviour.
"It's not all about issuing tickets, it's about modifying behaviour and keeping people safe.’’ Variable electronic road signage trailers have been set up around the city warning drivers about running red lights.
"But despite this, yesterday during the first day of the operation officers at the intersection of Bridge and Victoria Streets picked up six red light runners and issued them infringement notices as well as arresting one driver wanted on warrants."
Mr Jones said most drivers were positive about the operation's objectives if not a bit embarrassed to be caught out but some did dispute they were at fault however each driver's non-compliance had been photographed before they were stopped.
"Today 13 drivers were stopped, 11 in relation to running red lights, one for not wearing a seatbelt and one for using a cell-phone."
Intersection hot spots
Location - Crashes
Mill St and Willoughby St - 8
Mill St and Tristram St - 7
Tristram St and Ward St - 7
Peachgrove Rd and Te Aroha St - 6
Tristram St and Bryce St - 6
Victoria St and Boundary Rd - 5
Ulster St and Mill St -4
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