Auckland is now a Vision Zero region, which means Auckland Transport is committed to a goal of no deaths or serious injuries on Tamaki Makaurau roads by 2050.
This means as people, we all make mistakes, but a mistake should not cost a life or cause serious injury on our roads.
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.
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 strategy to improve road safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries. In Auckland, between 2014 and 2018, there were 83 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).
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.
Stay focused at intersections
Life is busy and your mind can get caught up contemplating the long ‘To do’ list whilst driving, but not focusing on the road can have serious, sometimes fatal consequences.
The 'Lost in thought' video reminds drivers to pay full attention and to ensure they stay focused at Auckland intersections.
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 806 DSI crashes at non-signalised intersections across the Auckland region between 2014 and 2018. These crashes resulted in the death of 36 people, with 771 being seriously injured.
- 58% of drivers involved had a full licence and 22% 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.
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.
This investment, including additional safety cameras will improve high-risk routes and intersections, and create a more forgiving and safe road network.
Need more information?
For more information check out the official New Zealand Road Code.