Sunday, March 11, 2012

Scenic Sunday/Sunday Bridge: Auckland Harbour bridge

Auckland Harbour bridge started as a Tolls bridge. The people in the north complained why they were the only people who had to pay a toll to use the road. So upon pressure, the tolls were scrapped.

Just this week, The police announced instead to punishing road users who break the law, they would issue warning. The talk back radio went viral here. While the talks were going around, Two killed in overnight crashes

Personally, I see no soft option, if you break the law, you should be puniched.

Auckland police will this weekend take a new approach to road policing - warning motorists for low-level crimes rather than ticketing them.

In his online blog today Police Commissioner Peter Marshall said from Sunday city police will trial giving out traffic warnings for less serious offences for five months.

"The idea is to find a better way of dealing with minor infringements than prosecuting people, which adds to the pressure on our already hard-pressed court system, or handing out $150 tickets."

Marshall said warnings would be a "suitable way" of dealing with motorists who don't abide by the new give-way rules when they come into force later this month "and for other occasions where driver education is more appropriate than punishment".

He said the idea had been piloted in Wellington but the results were inconclusive.

"It's hoped the new trial, which runs in Auckland City, Counties Manukau and Waitemata until August, will give us the information we need."

If the pilot is a success the initiative would extend nationwide.

Marshall said written traffic warnings were the "cousin of the pre-charge warnings" police were already issuing.

He said they had proved a "great success" with 13,802 handed out nationally in their first year.

Marshall said each warning represents about an hour of officers' time saved, and a case diverted from the courts.

He said warnings had reduced the amount of minor cases put before the courts by eight per cent.

"It should be noted that someone dealt with by way of warning hasn't "got away with it".

"Should they err again the fact that they have been warned already will be taken into account, so we hope these warnings will have the effect of reducing levels of reoffending."


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eileeninmd said...

We have plenty of tolls around here on the roads, all the bridges, tunnels and some just for driving in a fast lane. All ways for the state to make extra money. Great shot and view of the bridge.

The JR said...

I think the only way some people to learn is to pay for the crime.

I don't believe they will learn a lesson otherwise.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Nice photo of the Aukland Bridge, Ann!

There are many tolls for roads around New York City and some bridges. Someone violating the toll would get a ticket and a fine.

PS: Yes that was a photo from Jamie Oliver party special.

Ginny Hartzler said...

This is a good idea to cut down on court costs and paperwork. LOVE your Dahlias below!!

genie said...

Luckily we live in an area with NO toll roads, but when I go to Maryland to visit my daughter, I hit 2. The prices have gone up drastically. Your bridge photo is a wonderful open. The perspective is perfect. Nice work. genie