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Snap . . . The newly installed static speed camera in Wansbeck St, part of State Highway 1. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

Wansbeck St is considered to be a more appropriate position for a speed camera than a more notorious stretch of State Highway 1 south of Oamaru, according to police.

The static camera was installed on the fringe of Awamoa Park on a busy section of the highway last week.

The site is one of 33 across the country where the technology has been placed in an effort to reduce average speeds and related deaths and injuries.

In a statement, operations manager of road policing Inspector Peter McKennie said that, like other sites, the Wansbeck St location was identified as “having a high crash risk and a history of fatalities and injury crashes”, based on detailed analysis by independent traffic experts in conjunction with police and the NZ Transport Agency.

Asked if consideration had been given to installing a static speed camera at or near the intersection of the highway and the turnoff to the Moeraki Boulders, where there had been several fatal crashes and close calls over the past three years, Insp McKennie said other measures had been put in place.

“During the site selection phase of the project, this site did not appear in our list of high-risk sites from the data set we used.

“Static safe speed cameras are one of a range of tools to address road safety outcome risks contributed to by speed in excess of speed limits. Other tools and strategies are applied to different crash outcome risk factors.”

The camera had to be tested and the data obtained analysed before it could be used to issue infringement notices, Mr McKennie said.

The $10 million static camera expansion programme is part of the Government’s Safer Journeys road safety strategy.

Revenue gathered from infringement notices goes to the Government’s consolidated fund.