West Auckland sees a drop in driving violations

The number of traffic tickets issued in west Auckland has dropped by a fifth in 12 months (file photo).

The number of traffic tickets issued in west Auckland has dropped by a fifth in 12 months (file photo).

Westies are best in the driving stakes, if new police figures are anything to go by.

However, drivers on the North Shore need help after the region experienced the largest spike in traffic violations.

The latest police figures revealed a 20 per cent drop in the number of tickets issued for driving and vehicle violations in the Waitākere area, Auckland, for the year ending August.

This far outstripped the national average of a 2.8 per cent drop in the number of traffic and vehicle violations.

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The North Shore saw the biggest increase in recorded infringements, rising by 21 per cent for the same period, followed by the Tasman District with 19.2 per cent rise.

Traffic infringements could include dangerous driving, driving without a license, using a phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

Waitemata road policing prevention manager John Bleackley said they were opting for a "quality over quantity" approach to enforcing road safety. 

Improvements in police intelligence allowed them to focus their attention on high risk areas and behaviours, he said.

"In other words we are deploying to areas where we know crashes occur and focussing on the things that are either the cause of crashes or have an impact on the outcome severity of crashes."

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This targeted approach included focusing on vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, motorcyclists and inexperienced drivers.

High risk driving behaviour included intersection offences and dangerous driving, he said. 

The drop in official infringement notices hasn't stopped west Auckland locals from expressing their frustrations at driving behaviour on the roads.

In a recent online poll, users of social media site Neighbourly were asked what frustrated them most about driving in west Auckland. 

The key issue was the lack of consideration for fellow road users.

Glen Eden resident Sian Rohde said that she witnessed a driver overtaking three cars on Glengarry Rd, with a truck coming in the opposite direction. 

"Things like this irritate the hell out of me as they are putting several people at risk," she said. 

Sunnyvale resident Tai Needham said impatient drivers has become a big concern.

"[You are] expected to move as soon as possible as if they are the only ones who have got a home or work to go to in a hurry."

 - Stuff


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