Western Australia Minister for Police and Road Safety Rob Johnson
WA Speed Camera Numbers Doubled
Victor P Taffa
West Australian Police now have doubled the number of safety cameras to identify speeding drivers who endanger the lives of themselves and other motorists on the State’s roads.
Police and Road Safety Minister Rob Johnson today launched the second phase of the State Government’s $30 Million enhanced speed enforcement program, which will involve the rollout of the new speed and red light cameras, as well as the new digital hand-held cameras.
Mr. Johnson said the addition of the latest two types of cameras, together with the Vitronic dual-lens digital camera launched two months ago, would mean WA Police would now have twice as many cameras in their fleet.
“WA Police currently have 26 Multanova Speed Cameras, 23 of which are operational.” the Minister said.
The $30 Million Enhanced Speed Enforcement Program includes:
- 30 Speed and Red Light Cameras
- 14 Digital Hand-Held Cameras
- 23 Dual-Lens Cameras.
“The hand-held cameras will take video and photographic evidence of the speeding vehicle and the images can either be downloaded at a later time to issue infringements or the officer can stop the vehicle and issue an on-the-spot infringement. It will allow for a more flexible approach to Policing speeding drivers.”
“The new speed and red light cameras have a two-fold purpose they photograph motorists who contravene red traffic lights and also detect motorists speeding through the intersection at any phase of the lights.”
“Last year, 43 people were killed at intersections on WA roads.” Mr. Johnson said.
“These cameras are a proven way to slow motorists down, reduce road crashes and save the public and the hospital system hundreds of millions of dollars.”
“People need to take responsibility for their own actions and realise that when they choose to drive above the speed limit, they are not only putting their own lives at risk, but also the lives of other innocent road users.”
“We have seen all too often this year the devastating consequences speed can have on our roads. I don’t want to see any more lives cut tragically short, nor do I want any families to suffer the heartache of having a loved one being seriously injured in a vehicle accident caused by speed.” Mr. Johnson said.
Last year, 435,179 drivers were detected speeding on WA roads. More than 7,500 were detected speeding at 30 km/h or more above the speed limit.
Since the first speed and red light camera was installed at the intersection of Barrack Street and Riverside Drive, 296 people have been fined for speeding through the intersection and 76 have been fined for travelling through the red light. Nine drivers have been caught committing both offences.
The Minister said the significant investment in the camera fleet was in line with the Government’s 12-year Towards Zero road safety strategy, which recommended a mix of cameras to reduce serious road crashes on the State’s roads.