Camera monitoring a possibility for highway through Timaru
A mobile camera unit may soon be installed on a busy Timaru street where residents say they no longer feel safe crossing.
Residents have long complained about heavy traffic and boy racers on Evans St, the main route through Timaru, and some have called for pedestrian refuges on the stretch of highway.
Councillor Peter Burt said he was trying to get a mobile camera unit installed on the stretch, and equipment to monitor the noise of engine brakes.
While the number of speeding drivers travelling through would be recorded, the police would not be involved in the investigation, he said.
South Canterbury Road Safety manager Daniel Naude confirmed the council was currently investigating the options to monitor traffic. He was waiting for a decision to be made by the council's land transport department.
Burt said the council would collate the data and see what could be done to control traffic - which could involve seeing what action could be taken under existing bylaws, or approaching the NZ Transport Agency.
Parklands Motor Lodge owner John Doak said it appeared not much had been done since he presented a petition to the Timaru District Council last year, complaining of traffic noise and boy racer activity.
More than 350 people signed, Doak said.
"It would be nice if something was happening."
Every week he saw boy racers congregate near Briscoes, Doak said.
"If the police were here they wouldn't be doing it.
"They booze up down in the Briscoes' carpark and this has been going on for years.
"No one has ever done anything about it."
The biggest complaint his guests had about the motels was the noise - which sometimes prompted him to offer them earplugs, he said.
Timaru Engravers and Giftware owner Ewen Lawson said the heavy trucks bothered him the most.
The amount of traffic was "phenomenal", Lawson said.
"They do need something here."
He thought the solution was a ring road around Timaru, which would be "absolutely fantastic".
- The Timaru Herald