NEW SAFETY CAMERAS
For red-lights & speed
New blue and white ‘Safety Camera Ahead’ signs will soon be a familiar sight on the approaches to Sydney intersections since the first digital safety cameras went live on 18 December.
What’s new about these Safety Cameras is that they are capable of detecting both red-light as well as speeding offences – even if speeders are travelling through a green!
Also, unlike the soon to be redundant wet-film red-light cameras which require the manual collection of film, the new digital safety cameras are networked to a central location.
In the next four years, the current wet film red-light cameras will gradually be replaced and Safety Cameras will be installed at 200 intersections where casualty crashes involving both cars and pedestrians have caused a high cost to our community.
The aim is to reduce the number of crashes at traffic lights by encouraging drivers to slow down and stop risking theirs and other people’s lives by running red-lights at intersections.
Crashes resulting from drivers running red-lights can be particularly severe because they often involve the front of one vehicle hitting the side doors of another vehicle. Unfortunately, passengers and drivers are not as well protected from side impacts as they are from frontal impacts.
Safety cameras are also capable of enforcing speeding. Combined red-light and speed enforcement will be activated at some safety camera sites where there have been a high number of crashes on the length of road leading to and from the intersection.
In total there will be nine safety cameras at any one time that are also enforcing speeding. Four of these combined enforcement locations will be permanent while combined red-light and speed enforcement will rotate through 25 intersections.
Details of the 29 intersections where the combined red-light and speed enforcement will be used will not be publicised because motorists need to do the right thing instead…
…Slow Down. Stop taking risks, stick to the speed limit and obey red lights – not just to avoid fines and loss of demerit points but to help reduce crashes and loss of life at these intersections.
So, when you see the new Safety Camera signs as you approach an intersection, please be extra vigilant and remember that even low level speeding offences can result in a loss of licence for P1 and P2 drivers.
The first 50 sites to have the new technology fitted are already listed on Roads and Maritime Services (replacing Roads and Traffic Authority)’s website and the remaining 150 will be selected using the most recent crash information at the time they are installed.
For more information, including penalties for speeding and red-light offences, visit the safety camera site.
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