12 May 2011

Lower speeds wanted on neighbourhood streets

7:50 pm on 12 May 2011

Campaigners say targeting drivers who break the speed limit in residential areas should be the top priority in any plans to reduce the road toll.

The Government has issued a road safety strategy for the next decade.

It says there will be more speed cameras and a shift from demerit points to fines.

But some people in Freemans Bay and Ponsonby in Auckland say more focus should be put on neighbourhood streets.

Residents of Georgina road are fed up with people driving fast down their narrow street and they have taken the matter into their own hands.

Almost every household on the street has signed a petition asking for the speed limit to be lowered.

One of them, Paul Owen-Lowe, calls himself a 'speed nazi'. He says lowering the limit and installing a speed camera in the street would stop an accident before it happens.

Waitemata Board deputy chair Pippa Coom, of Ponsonby, says having more police on residential roads would slow people down.

She says education around driver behaviour is also needed.