Speeding drivers “asking for trouble”

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No need for speed . . . Mt Cargill resident Mike Fay, with granddaughters Isla (8, left) and Emily (6) Liddy, of Doctors Point Rd, is concerned about speeding vehicles in Waitati. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

A Waitati resident wants motorists to slow down in Doctors Point Rd as data shows more than half exceed the speed limit at a certain point.

Mike Fay, of Mt Cargill, wants the 50kmh speed reduced to 40kmh and for speed bumps to be “more or less obligatory”.

He also wants speed cameras to operate intermittently to catch persistent offenders.

Data from the Dunedin City Council’s two traffic surveys in January and February last year showed motorists were travelling at speeds up to 89kmh in some places.

The first survey, from January 23 to 31, covered the section of the road from the culverts by Whites Rd to the end of the tarseal.

Of the 1578 traffic movements recorded, 95% of motorists travelled slower than 50kmh and the fastest speed was 70kmh.

Eighty-one motorists travelled between 50kmh and 70kmh.

The second survey, from January 28 to February 5, covered from Foyle St to the start of Black Bridge.

Mr Fay said this piece of road had “long blind corners followed by an open stretch beside the estuary”. Of the 4951 traffic movements, 3258 travelled between 50kmh and 90kmh.

The fastest speed recorded was 89kmh.

“People driving at that speed is just asking for trouble,” Mr Fay said.

“I think it’s time we did something about it.”

Mr Fay said it needed to be fixed before someone was seriously injured.

“I would like Doctors Point Rd to be a road that can safely be used by pedestrians and cyclists, by families, school children and senior citizens.”

Council transport and road safety team leader Hjarne Poulsen said it was likely speeding was limited to certain areas of an open road which felt faster than the posted speed limit.

Mr Poulsen said the latest speed survey for Foyle St to Black Bridge indicated 85% of motorists travelled at or below 65kmh under free-flowing conditions past a monitored point.

Although this was faster than the speed limit, it was recorded on an open stretch of road with clear visibility and no accessways, he said.

“This results in the road feeling faster than the posted speed limit.”

Data from the other section showed most motorists travelled at an appropriate speed, he said.

Only one crash had been reported on Doctors Point Rd in the past 10 years, and it was not speed-related, he said.

“The best approach would be enhanced enforcement from the police to reduce the speeding issues in these areas.”

A police spokeswoman said police’s role was to enforce the law, including speed limits, but did not comment further.

Mr Fay spoke in the public forum of the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board meeting last week.