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Moeraki Boulders gets speed control

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/06/2017

Traffic crawls along the Wellington motorway. © Getty Images Traffic crawls along the Wellington motorway. A new high-tech traffic control system has been introduced at a popular South Island tourist spot.

The Rural Intersection Active Warning System is aimed at slowing State Highway 1 traffic near Moeraki Boulders, which has proved to be a black spot for accidents.

The system has been installed at the Waitaki intersection, between Dunedin and Oamaru.

The system detects when vehicles are turning from Moeraki Boulders Road onto SH1, and slows SH1 traffic to 70km/h for 170 metres either side of the road.

The SH1 speed limit reverts to 100km/h when no side road traffic is detected.

Tourists play in the Moeraki Boulders. © Getty Images Tourists play in the Moeraki Boulders. The system, which was pioneered in Sweden, has already been used at a number of other black spots around the country.

"This high-tech system is a great alternative for all drivers in the region when compared with permanently reducing the speed limit in the area," said Associate Minister of Transport Tim Macindoe.

Between 2006 and 2015 there were 21 deaths and 114 serious injuries on the road between Dunedin and the Waitaki River Bridge, north of Oamaru.

Up to $5 million is being spent on making the southern road safer.

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