Safety reviews are now being conducted at 6 fixed speed camera locations. For more information click here.
The Auditor General’s performance audit, ‘Improving Road Safety: Speed Cameras’ was released on 27 July 2011 and found that fixed speed cameras were generally located in areas with high road safety risks and that speed cameras change driver behaviour and have a positive road safety impact.
While overall the NSW fixed speed camera program has significantly reduced crashes and injuries, the results varied at some locations. Accordingly, cameras at 38 locations were decommissioned where there had not been a consistent reduction in crashes, injuries and fatalities.
The 38 decommissioned fixed speed camera locations have been reviewed by the Transport for NSW, Centre for Road Safety (CRS) in consultation with key stakeholders to develop alternative road safety treatments for each location to address any ongoing road safety risks along the safety review length.
These reviews were led by an independent lead road safety auditor and involved the Centre for Road Safety, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Police Force, NRMA, local councils and schools.
A program of works was developed to address identified road safety concerns at all locations.
Cameras operating in warning mode
The program of works includes the reactivation of some cameras into warning mode. This means that warning letters are issued to motorists who are detected speeding unless they exceed the speed limit by more than 30km/h, in which case a court attendance notice is issued and the driver will face significant penalties at Court.
A three-strikes scheme also applies for cameras operating in warning mode. If a registered operator of a vehicle is issued two warning letters from the one camera location, an infringement will be issued for a third offence and any further offences at that location.