Review backs speed cameras' road safety benefits

26 August 2013

Annual review backs speed cameras' road saftey benefits

Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay has announced that nine speed cameras have been marked for review following the annual audit of speed cameras across the state.

The second annual speed camera review found that five fixed speed cameras and four red light speed cameras were not working as well as they should and have been earmarked for further investigation.

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring speed cameras are used only where they improve road safety and the latest review shows that most motorists are continuing to do he right thing,” Mr Gay said.

On average, more than 99 per cent of motorists who pass a speed camera are not infringed for speeding.

The review also found that fixed speed cameras are continuing to improve road safety.
“Fatalities at fixed speed camera locations have dropped by 90 per cent, injuries dropped by 41 per cent and crashes were reduced by 42 per cent,” Mr Gay said.

“There are also encouraging results from the mobile and red light speed cameras too.

“Crashes at intersections enforced by red light speed cameras dropped by 23 per cent, with a 30 per cent reduction in casualties at these intersections,” Mr Gay said.

The review also is about identifying where cameras aren’t working as well as they should and this year, we’ve found five fixed speed cameras that need a more detailed review.

The cameras to be further reviewed are located at:

  • McCaffrey Drive, Rankin Park
  • Pacific Highway, Sandgate
  • Hume Highway, Ashfield (school zone)
  • Hume Highway, Bankstown (school zone)
  • Fairfield Street, Fairfield East

The Red Light Speed Cameras to be reviewed are at:

  • Lambton (Griffiths and Turton Rd)
  • Mascot (O’Riordan and Gardeners)
  • Moore Park (Anzac and Lang)
  • Wollongong (Corrimal and Burelli St)

“The more detailed review will involve field inspections, a more detailed crash analysis and community consultation, to ensure all factors are considered when determining if the speed camera should remain in operation or be removed and potentially re-located,” Mr Gay said.

If a camera is to be removed, alternative treatments will be developed and implemented at the location to address existing road safety risks.

The detailed review of the five fixed and four red light speed cameras is expected to be completed by February next year.

“I reject that speed cameras are about revenue raising. In the five years before each of NSW’s fixed speed cameras were installed, there were 3,959 crashes at their locations, resulting in 61 fatalities and 2,124 injuries.

“In the last five years, there have been 2,460 crashes resulting in six fatalities and 1,340 injuries.

Media: Lance Northey 0467 743 192

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