Heat map reveals New Zealand‘s worst speed offenders by district

4 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 24, 2019

Residents of the Nelson Bays, the West Coast and Marlborough need to hit the brakes, according to New Zealand Police data analysed by Teletrac Navman, specialists in GPS-based fleet management technology.

Teletrac Navman‘s analysis of speeding tickets in the Tasman police district (issued via mobile speed camera and road-side enforcement) found a speeding infringement level of 1.01 per capita over four years. The district includes the Nelson Bays, the West Coast and Marlborough. The second highest speed infringements per capita was Waitemata (which includes some of the country‘s largest motorways) at a rate of 0.82, followed by Waikato at 0.74 per capita.

Wellington (including Hutt Valley, Kapiti-Mana and the Wairarapa) had the lowest number of combined speeding infringements per capita at 0.34.

“When I was a police officer, it was my job to knock on people‘s door and tell them that the person they loved had died in a road collision. It‘s not a part of the job that any officer enjoys,” says Chris L‘Ecluse, former Western Australian police officer, and solutions specialist at Teletrac Navman. “We analysed the data and developed this infographic to highlight the issue of speeding. New Zealanders all over the country need to slow down on the roads – perhaps a little regional comparison will help get that message across.”

L‘Ecluse says what was particularly alarming was that the Tasman police district has plenty of open road, meaning that people breaking the speed limit would very often be going well over 100km per hour.

“Speed is a key component to stopping distances. At that speed on a wet road, the stopping distance is around 122 metres, so slowing down can be the difference between life and death.”

Road safety charity Brake estimated that for every 2km reduced in speed, a collision is five percent less likely to happen.

Ministry of Transport data shows that speed (defined as driving too fast for the conditions) is a contributing factor in around one third of all fatal crashes. The average number of deaths per day over the past 10 years has reached around 0.9, or about one person per day. That means that approximately one person loses their life on New Zealand roads every three days due to driver speed.

“Everyone has a part to play, including businesses that have fleet vehicles,” says L‘Ecluse. “If loss of life is not incentive enough, do it for your wallet. GPS and location enabled services that telematics data provides can verify that slowing down reduces fuel consumption, reduces vehicle wear and tear, and reduces fines.”

The infographic is based on New Zealand Police‘s road policing data from January 2015 – December 2018. The totals of officer issued speed infringements and mobile speed camera infringements were added together and weighted against the police district‘s population. Static camera issued speed offences were not included in the data as it is more likely drivers would know the location of these cameras and slow down accordingly.