Record Number Of Speed Cameras But Fatalities Still Rising
So far 2016 has been shocking when in comes to the number of fatalities on NSW roads.
But while these numbers tragically continue to rise, the revenue raised from speeding and red light cameras in our state is at a four year high.
Of 113 cameras at various locations across Sydney, the State Government has provided data for 25 blackspots which highlight the need for increased safety in these areas.
The Executive Director Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon said in a statement:
"While all of our mobile speed camera locations have a history of crashes, we need drivers to slow down and drive to conditions every time they get behind the wheel.
The purpose and benefit of mobile speed cameras is to reduce speeds across the network through the use of anywhere, anytime enforcement.
All jurisdictions with a mobile speed camera program across Australia and internationally recognise that this is the main benefit of this type of enforcement.
Drivers can’t predict what is up ahead and while they may think they are in control and a safe driver, in a crash a drivers speed will determine the outcome."
With an increase in camera's and the revenue they raise, yet fatalities still continuing to climb, Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay has asked why some areas have speed cameras where there are virtually no accidents:
“There has been a phenomenal jump in revenue from speed cameras yet we have an increasing number of people dying on roads.
“Road safety has to be more than just putting up a speed camera and mailing a fine to motorists weeks after the incident has occurred.”
“When a site is chosen for a speed camera, that decision should be communicated to motorists. The information that’s provided should include why that stretch of road is being targeted and the number of accidents that have occurred. Currently there is little or no transparency in why these sites are targeted."
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