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Revealed: Auckland's worst intersections and off-ramps

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Most motorists have an intersection or off-ramp they hate.


Now, the Auckland Council has identified some of the worst and have started a campaign in an attempt to reduce crashes across the region.


The campaign is focused on non-signalled intersections in Auckland's north and south as motorists come in and leave the busy region.


But Herald readers have also shared their worst intersections across the country.


The council campaign starts on Monday as holidaymakers arrive back in the city in droves at the end of Auckland Anniversary Weekend.


The campaign focuses on non-signalled intersections.


Safety videos will be played in cinemas, on Facebook and Trueview.


Billboards are also being erected at high-risk intersections on local roads and motorway off-ramps in Auckland's rural north and south.


Most of the non-signalised intersection crashes happened on Fridays, so a radio advertisment is being aired on Fridays.


New Zealand Transport Authority crash data shows there were 609 death and serious injury (DSI) crashes at non-signalised intersections across the Auckland region between 2011 and 2015.


They killed 45 people and seriously injured 627.


There was a 43 per cent increase in the number of such crashes between 2013 and 2015. The main factors were poor observation and failure to give way or stop.


Auckland's urban south area had the largest increase in the number of the crashes: up from 27 in 2011 to 43 in 2015, a 60 per cent increase.


In Auckland's rural north and south, there were 102 DSI crashes between 2011 and 2015, which killed 17 people, and seriously injured 85.


AT's walking, cycling and safety manager Kathryn King said that though some of the intersections in rural parts of Auckland could be quiet, it was always essential to give way or stop and make sure it's safe.


"Safety is the highest concern for Auckland Transport and non-signalised intersections are an area of the road network which have had a significant increase in the number of crashes since 2013.


"This campaign is to remind people that they need to be aware of other road users, especially during the summer months when there are more children and holiday traffic on the roads."


AT is also working with the police to reduce serious injury and death at intersections through enforcement and education.


Waitemata District road policing manager Inspector Trevor Beggs said: "Intersections are among the most dangerous places on the New Zealand road network, and some motorists are making poor choices.


"Road users need to take greater care at intersections by being patient and checking more than once that it is safe. If you don't, you're risking serious injury or totally avoidable deaths."


High-risk motorway off-ramps


North

• Silverdale - Silverdale motorway off-ramp SB (Hibiscus Coast Highway) • Warkworth - Matakana/Sandspit intersection • Wellsford - Matheson Rd intersection


South

• Manurewa motorway off-ramp (Hill Rd) • Papakura motorway off-ramps (Hingaia Rd and Beach Rd) • Drury motorway off-ramp (Great South Rd) • Bombay motorway off-ramp (Mill Rd)

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