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Police ping Auckland red-light runners

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/05/2016

One red-light running Auckland motorist has been prosecuted after causing a crash and 23 others have received tickets as part of a police operation.

Police kicked Operation Road Safe, targeting red and yellow light running, on the North Shore on Monday morning.

One motorist ran a light on Onewa road and crashed into another car, but luckily no one was injured.

A further 45 motorists got warnings for running orange lights, and four motorists got infringement notices for blocking intersections.

Inspector Trevor Beggs says the results show some motorists are making poor choices at intersections.

"Our message is be patient and obey traffic signals. If you don't, you're risking serious injury or totally avoidable deaths," he said.

Between 2010-2014, 55 people died and 737 people were injured in Auckland intersection crashes.

The operation continues for the next two weeks and coincides with Monday's launch of Road Safety Week.

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