Taking risks at intersections can result in serious injury and even death. Auckland Transport have a target of reducing death and serious injuries by 60% over ten years.
AT is committed to raising awareness of the dangers of crashes at intersections and for drivers to adopt safe road behaviour relating to intersection safety. There is an unacceptable number of people being killed or seriously injured on Auckland’s roads. One road death is one too many.
Investment in safety has been increased by an additional $550 million over the next ten years. This investment will improve high-risk routes and intersections, create a more forgiving, safe and people friendly road network and provide more safety cameras.
Take care at all Intersections
There are two kinds of intersections: Signalised and non-signalised intersections.
- Signalised intersections are controlled by traffic lights.
- Non-signalised intersections do not have traffic lights but can have either Give way or Stop signs. Examples are roundabouts or T-junctions. When a driver approaches a non-signalised intersection where there is no Give way or Stop sign, normal Give way rules apply.
The chances drivers take at intersections, like nipping into small gaps, may seem inconsequential and many drivers feel they can get away with them.
The truth is that taking risks at an intersection can result in serious injury and even death.
- At intersections controlled by stop signs always stop completely. Don't just slow down or do a “rolling stop”.
- At intersections controlled by traffic lights; when the light turns amber, always stop if safe to do so and stop completely when the light turns red.
- Take special care to look for people on bikes, people on motorcycles and any pedestrians who may start crossing on the road you’re turning into.
Increasing safety at intersections is one of the Government's main priorities in its road safety strategy. Intersection crashes are of concern due to the number of deaths and/or serious injuries and represent a high level of collective and personal risk.
NZTA Safer Journeys (New Zealand’s road safety strategy 2010-2020) and the Road Safety Action Plan for the Auckland region both prioritise making intersections safer. This can be achieved through road engineering, as well as driver education and enforcement.
We are substantially increasing investment in safety and have a target of reducing death and serious injuries by 60% over the next ten years. This investment, including additional safety cameras will improve high-risk routes and intersections, and create a more forgiving and safe road network.
Red light safety camera programme
In the next 10 years we are investing in 42 new red light safety cameras at high risk intersections.
This is one of our programmes to improve road safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads. In Auckland, between 2013 and 2017, there were 79 fatal and serious injury crashes due to red light running, and overall, signalised intersection crashes have trended upwards since 2012.
Red light safety cameras are funded in part by the Regional Fuel Tax. They are an effective tool to reduce red light running.
Cameras are currently operating at the following Auckland intersections:
- Albany Highway/Oteha Valley Road.
- Blockhouse Bay Road/ New North Road.
- Esmonde Road/ Fred Thomas Drive.
- Great North Road/ Karangahape Road.
- Great North Road and Rata Street.
- Great South Road and Reagan Road.
- Great South Road and Cavendish Drive – two cameras.
- Lincoln Road/ Swanson Road.
- Lincoln Road/ Te Pai Place.
- Te Irirangi Drive and Accent Drive - two cameras.
*One camera will be relocated to the Nelson Street and Union Street intersection soon.
The cameras are owned and operated by Auckland Transport, and enforcement is undertaken by New Zealand Police.
Traffic Light infringement notices
New Zealand Police can issue a $150 infringement notice if you:
- Failed to stop at a red signalised traffic light.
- Failed to stop at a yellow/amber signalised traffic light (unless you are so close to the intersection that you can't stop safely).
Regional non-signalised intersection safety
Overall, there is an upward trend in the number of deaths and serious injury (DSI) crashes at non-signalised intersections across the Auckland region. These intersections do not have traffic lights and include roundabouts and T-junctions.
Crash facts and statistics at non-signalised intersections**
- There were a total of 791 DSI crashes at non-signalised intersections across the Auckland region between 2013 and 2017. These crashes resulted in the death of 36 people, with 755 being seriously injured.
- 63% of drivers involved had a full licence and 23% of drivers had a learner or restricted licence.
- Most crashes happened from between 6am to 9am and 3pm to 9pm.
**NZTA Crash Analysis System (CAS) Data.
Stay alert at intersections. Make it home.
Slow down when approaching an intersection and stop completely at stop signs. Always look both ways to check its clear before proceeding. Auckland Transport wants you to make it home safely.
For more information check out the official New Zealand Road Code.