Results of first NSW speed camera review released

The first annual NSW speed camera review, which looked at all mobile, fixed, red light and point-to-point speed cameras, has found that the cameras are effective in saving lives and reducing crashes and injuries.

According to NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay, five of the 97 fixed speed cameras will be the subject of a comprehensive field review by the Centre for Road Safety to determine if they are delivering the expected safety benefits at the location. Those five are Northern Distributor, Corrimal; Pacific Highway, Hungry Head; New England Highway, Kootingal; New England Highway, Lochinvar and New South Head Road, Edgecliff.

“We’re determined to ensure speed cameras are only in locations where they have a proven road safety benefit, and that they are not simply there as revenue raisers,” Gay said. “The review found that at the fixed camera locations fatalities dropped by 87 per cent, crashes dropped by 38 per cent and injuries were reduced by 37 per cent.”

“Crashes at intersections enforced by red light speed cameras have dropped by 21 per cent, while casualties have fallen by 26 per cent,” he added.

Gay also said that while it was too early to fully evaluate point-to-point speed cameras, preliminary indications suggest that there is a high level of compliance. Only 15 of the 24 proposed sections of road have so far been installed.

The point-to-point section on the Great Western Highway between Meadow Flat and Raglan is the only location that was enforced for an entire 12 month period. In 2011 there was only one injury related to a heavy vehicle crash on this section compared with eight injuries and one fatality in the five years 2005 to 2009.

Overall there has been a high level of compliance with speed limits on the point-to point sections, with low numbers of heavy vehicles detected speeding by the equipment.

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