THE number of mobile speed cameras on state roads will see a dramatic increase over the next few months, with NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay unveiling the government’s new speed camera strategy.
By July next year the number of mobile speed cameras in NSW will be increased to 45 vehicles operating at about 2500 locations for 7000 hours per month, which will see the money raised from camera-detected speeding, red-light and point-to-point traffic offences being funnelled into road safety programs.
“This money will go to the soon-to-be-established NSW Community Road Safety Fund, which will be used to fund road safety initiatives such as enhanced high-visibility police enforcement operations, engineering works and road safety education,” Mr Gay said.
He said the NSW Auditor General last year asked the NSW Government to develop an over-arching speed camera strategy to generate greater transparency and public confidence.
“The Auditor General’s inquiry found a speed camera in the right location can save lives and prevent serious injury.”
The new strategy will expand the mobile speed camera program but also will improve signage to make mobile speed cameras more visible.
“The number of warning signs will double, they will be raised from the ground and motorists will get up to 250m advance warning of a mobile speed camera, rather than the current 50m. In addition the mobile speed camera vans will have more identifiable markings,” he said.
“This will make it clearer to motorists that they will be infringed not only if they pass through red lights but if they speed.”
The program will increase the number of intersections with red-light speed cameras from 91 to 200 intersections by the end of 2014.
Mr Gay said the Pacific Hwy would be part of the plan, with new point-to-point cameras for heavy vehicles installed on two lengths from Tyndale to Harwood and Wardell to Ballina, which are non-upgraded sections of the highway
Mr Gay said the strategy is a result of close consultation with road safety experts and organisations such as the NSW Police Force and the NRMA.
“We will be giving the members of the public the opportunity to nominate locations they believe should have speed cameras,” Mr Gay said.
Public nominations can be made via the safer roads website.
These will then be reviewed by the Centre for Road Safety to determine if the location is suitable for speed enforcement.
More than 170 people die and 4100 people are injured in speed-related crashes each year.