RTA plans significant increase in speed camera use

RTA plans to significantly increase the use of mobile speed cameras to reduce road deaths

By Brad Gardner | September 22, 2010

Mobile speed cameras in NSW will be operating for more than 12,000 hours a month by July next year as part as efforts to improve road safety.

The Roads and Traffic Authority plans to gradually increase the number of mobile speed cameras so there are enough to record 12,200 hours of footage a month. There are currently six units being used in NSW.

The Director of the Centre for Road Safety at the RTA, Dr Soames Job, says data shows mobile speed cameras are effective in reducing the number of accidents on the road.

"The program in Victoria and the program of mobile speed cameras in Queensland both delivered in excess of a 25 percent reduction in casualties – that is, injuries and fatalities – and we expect to get similar gains here with a program of that size," he says.

It is unclear how many mobile speed cameras will be operating, with Job saying it cannot be determined.

"One company may supply us a very good quote by using fewer cameras and operating for 20 hours a day. Another may consider it more efficient to have twice as many cameras operating 12 hours a day," he says.

"There is no use me speculating about how many cameras they may use to give us that number of hours."

Job says the plan is to ensure the cameras are working 12,200 hours per month rather than delivering set number of cameras or vehicles.

He made the comment in response to questions from Nationals MLC Trevor Kahn, who claims there might be as much as 40 cameras operating by July next year.

Job says the RTA’s aim is to get people out of the habit of speeding, adding that 200 lives a year will be saved if people stick to the speed limit.

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