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NZ road toll – what is acceptable?

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    Hero42

    Average speed cameras will get their first trial next year when they are installed on two stretches of Auckland motorway.

    The Government announced today on Monday average speed cameras, (also known as point-to-point cameras) will be trialled in 2019 through the Waterview Tunnel and at a site on the Southern Motorway between Manukau and Papakura.

    Average speed cameras work by taking a photograph of the car at the beginning of a stretch and then again at the end, and averaging the speeds between the two points.

    Cheers 🙂

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    To my limited memory seems to remember many years ago the Government of the day was going to trial average speed ticketing along the Foxton straight. They painted a series of lines and an aircraft was to Foy over and time how long it took for a car to travel from one line to the next.

    I was just started as a driver but not in that area and that was the last anyone ever heard of it. If it was a “good” idea I would have thought there would have been something mentioned but No! never mentioned again and the next timothy road was sealed and painted the lines disappeared. I wonder what this will do to save lives??

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    Bryan
    The advent of computer technology to read and track number plates has made this a viable option. It has been operational overseas for years.

    Works best on long stretches of roads with few turnoffs. Basically there have to be a cameras at each intersection in case a car turns off and then the average speed can be calculated along the section of the road covered or joins the road so the process can start.

    Cheers 🙂

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    TedE

    I was talking to a younger person the other day and mentioned that i drove a 1936 Morris 8 for about 10 years. it was a 12 hour journey from Wanganui to Papakura with our baby in the back and that it wound up slowly to about 35 through it’s 3 gears and at 36 it g=felt as though it would shake to bits but that it was nice cruising at 34mph so that’s what we travelled at. This was followed by a 1938 Ford 10 and we cruised at 40 to 44 but then at about 45 it felt like it was going to fast (it would do 50 ok) (it still had the original tyres on it when I bought it in 1963).
    Around town in the 30mph areas you were often in 2nd and it was not often you would b able to exceed the 30mph speed limit if you wanted your car to last and not be to heavy on fuel.
    The advent of the Morris minor, Standard 10 and the A35 seemed to change things with the overhead valve engines of the Series E onward made the get up and go changes. The Zephyr and Velox were the upmarket cars of that time.
    The power to weight ratio changed markedly in the 70’s and the speeds started to be come more unfriendly in the pedestrians environment.
    Nostalgia. Cars I loved.
    But one thing we all had more pedestrian and cycling experience and so i think that we were much more considerate of other road users. i don’t think i heard of road rage type incidents at that stage of my life. Seems to be that it is a relatively recent phenomenom.
    So what i tried to convey to the young person was that patience is a wonderful thing and that we should try and treat other road users as we like to be treated.

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    My elder brother’s first car was a (I think 34) Morris 8 convertible. I learned to drive in it with the hood down, backing with the hood down was a breeze. Wen I went for my licence the cop made me put the hood down though (mean bugger) still I passed so all was well. The unerversual joints were fibre and didn’t last very long and as he had friends in Wellington and we were in Wanganui he had to take a spare with him went to visit and get underneath and change it before coming home.

    Ah, memories, “Those were the Days”. 😎

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    The old 38 Morris 8 had wooden floor boards and they had rotted out so made a new floor oout of t&g matai which was much stronger. It had a fabric roof but I replaced it with a sheet of flat galv iron without it producing too much road noise. Used to carry a spare axle under the back seat after spending 3 days camped on the north side of the saddle on the Waioeke garge road waiting for a new axle to be delivered by the road services bus from Gisborne. All told did in three axles on it so it was worth it. Also put it on another chassis in 1952 (carried it home from Marton on the roof). The front springs had lost their set and rubbed through at the rear shackle, after that I noticed a lot of saggy Morris 8’s around.
    The good ole days!

    If you broke down there were often people would stop and offer help and a tow or advice even. It was a much more convivial atmosphere and i think that is why road rage did not feature in my driving experience. It would be nice if we could try ann regenerate that atmosphere.

    TedE - Papakura -

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    The firsat carI owned was a Morris 10 in Fiji, terribly rusted as there was no rust proofing paint applied in those days, the car was,I think a 1948. Next car was an Austin A40 and a wonderful vehicle, I drove a lot of off road tracks and in very muddy conditions I could put the car in the very low 1st gear and get out and push. Was never stranded for long.

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    Bryan

    In those days the cars were all very “low tech.,” and provided you carried a 6in., crescent, a pair of pliers and a screwdriver you could generally get home and do a permanent repair at home.

    I remember one time we went from Wgtn,. to pick up my elder brother from his friends place in Ak. Dad’s car blew (sp?) a piston. He was able to purchase a new piston and a set of rings and do a full set of rings and do most of the running in on the way home. I don’t think I would be able to change a spark-plug on a “todays” car!

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    I have peripheral neuropathy and if “Cross threading were an olympic sport I’d probalby represent NZ ok and be in the medals.

    TedE - Papakura -

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