26 September 2023

Speed cameras focus on lifesaving

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A review of the performance of fixed speed cameras across the State by Transport for NSW has revealed a reduction in fatalities of 80 per cent in places where the cameras are located.

Minister for Roads, Andrew Constance said the review analysed all NSW speed camera locations finding fewer fatalities and injuries, despite an overall increase in traffic.

“Last year we lost 347 lives on our State’s roads, and this year’s toll is already at 292,” Mr Constance said.

“Speeding is the biggest killer,” he said.

“We know speed cameras in the right locations slow drivers down and save lives.”

Mr Constance said the review also found that at the 110 fixed speed camera locations across NSW injuries fell by more than a third.

“At the 171 intersections where red-light speed cameras are installed, fatalities fell by 74 per cent, serious injuries dropped by 40 per cent and pedestrian casualties almost halved,” he said.

“Every year we review the speed camera program and if any aren’t delivering benefits we remove them.”

Mr Constance said the mobile speed camera program had enforced speed limits at 1,024 locations for around 7,000 hours per month in 2017, with the review finding more than 99 per cent of drivers stuck to the speed limit.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole said the only aim of the speed camera program was to save lives.

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