Published: Oct 30, 2019

Speed camera review proves they save lives

Fixed speed cameras across the state have reduced fatalities by 80 per cent, according to the latest annual performance review.

Minister for Roads Andrew Constance said the review analysed all NSW speed camera locations finding fewer fatalities and injuries, despite an overall increase in traffic.

“Last year we lost 347 lives on our state’s roads, and this year’s toll is already at 292. Speeding is the biggest killer. We know speed cameras in the right locations slow drivers down and save lives,” Mr Constance said.

The review found at the 110 fixed speed camera locations in NSW injuries also fell by more than a third.

At the 171 intersections where red-light speed cameras are installed, fatalities fell by 74 per cent, serious injuries dropped by 40 per cent and pedestrian casualties almost halved.

“Every year we review the speed camera program and if any aren’t delivering benefits we remove them,” Mr Constance said.

The review also identified fewer heavy vehicle crashes along average speed camera enforcement lengths, with those fatalities falling by 44 per cent.

The mobile speed camera program enforced speed limits at 1,024 locations for around 7,000 hours per month in 2017, with the review finding more than 99 per cent of drivers stuck to the speed limit.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the only aim of the program was to save lives.

“Speed cameras are in place to improve road safety, for all road users. That’s why the revenue collected from them goes right back into the Community Road Safety Fund, to help fund other programs to save lives on our roads.

“If you ignore the warnings and choose to exceed the speed limit, you put yourself and everyone else on the road at risk, so you will be penalised. Please slow down and help prevent tragedies.”