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NSW speed cameras continue to save lives

NSW speed cameras continue to save lives

The NSW Government’s annual review into the performance of the state’s speed cameras has shown the overwhelming majority of fixed cameras are improving road safety and saving lives.

The 2016 report, the fifth annual review into speed camera performance in NSW, shows speed cameras slow down drivers and significantly reduce fatalities and injuries.

Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister Melinda Pavey said if the cameras fail to deliver road safety benefits – we remove them.

“Speed is the number one killer on our roads. Last year 157 people lost their lives in NSW because somebody was driving too fast,” she said.

“Speed cameras have been shown to slow down drivers and this report demonstrates that they are continuing to improve safety on our roads.”

At the 110 fixed speed camera locations reviewed across the state, there has been a 92 percent reduction in fatalities and a 36 per cent reduction in injuries.

The review did not identify any fixed speed cameras be removed but comprehensive reviews will be completed at Berry, Foxground, Hungry Head, Terrigal, and Valla Beach due to significant road works that have been undertaken at these five locations.

The road upgrades, such as the construction of the Berry and Foxground bypass, might have addressed many of the crash risks previously identified. The review will determine the need for any ongoing enforcement at these locations.

The review found red-light speed cameras also continue to provide increased road safety for the community with a 42 per cent reduction in fatalities, a 31 per cent reduction in serious injuries and a 39 per cent reduction in pedestrian casualties. 

The review also found Mobile speed cameras continue to deliver road safety benefits compared to the period prior to the re-introduction of the mobile speed camera program in 2010.

NSW speed survey data for the last seven years shows a reduced number of light vehicles exceeding the speed limit across all speed zones.

Preliminary analysis of point-to-point speed lengths shows there has been a low number of heavy vehicle crashes in these locations and a high level of compliance since the cameras started operating.

Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said speed cameras in the right locations slow drivers down and save lives.

Every dollar from speed camera revenue goes to the Community Road Safety Fund, and is spent on important road safety programs such as high visibility police operations and school zone flashing lights.