Speed cameras to target hotspot for truck crashes

New speed cameras for South Eastern Freeway will target an area known for truck crashes

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | February 2, 2012

New advanced speed cameras to be installed on the South Eastern Freeway in South Australia will target a known hotspot for truck crashes.

Detection units are due to be installed on sections of the route where there have been 51 truck crashes in the past five years.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Transport, Alissa Smith, says 31 crashes occurred between the Crafers interchange and the Cross Road intersection, while 20 occurred at the Cross Road/Glen Osmond Road intersection.

Two people have died and 19 were injured during the crashes, while 30 properties were also damaged.

The South Australian Government wants trucks with five or more axles to reduce their speed when coming into Adelaide.

Trucks with five axles or more were required, from May 1 last year, to reduce their speed and stick to the left lane when reaching the Crafers interchange.

"They are required to stay in the left lane between Crafers and the Measdays bridge exit ramp. A 60km/h speed limit applies to these trucks from the Crafers interchange to the bottom of the freeway," the department says.

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