Speed camera review seeks community feedback

Sydney residents asked for their view on whether three speed cameras in the area should be ditched

November 7, 2013

Residents in greater Sydney are being given the chance to have their say on whether three speed cameras in the region should be ditched.

The New South Wales Government is seeking community feedback on the future of the cameras, which have not led to an expected reduction in crashes or casualties following their installation.

The cameras in question are installed on the Hume Highway at Ashfield and Bankstown, with the third at Fairfield Street. The cameras at Ashfield and Bankstown are located within school zones.

The Centre for Road Safety identified the locations from the annual speed camera review in August last year, and plans to review them to see if alternate road safety measures can be introduced to improve safety at the locations.

"Road safety measures will be investigated to address crash risks at these three locations and there will be thorough consideration of whether these speed cameras should continue to operate," Centre for Road Safety General Manager Marg Prendergast says.

"Letters have been issued to residents and businesses near the locations under review and they are invited to raise their concerns about road safety issues."

Prendergast says crash history, traffic volumes, road conditions, high-risk behaviour and land use will be considered during the investigation.

"Cameras are reviewed by the Centre for Road Safety every year and following these detailed reviews any cameras that are found not to be improving road safety are decommissioned and other road safety treatments are put in place," she says.

The community has been given until November 29 to submit feedback by email, phoning 02 8265 7531 or posting their thoughts to Speed camera safety review, PO Box K659, Haymarket NSW 1240.

The annual speed camera review found fixed speed cameras improved road safety, with a 90 per cent reduction in fatalities, a 41 per cent reduction in injuries and a 42 per cent reduction in crashes at fixed speed camera locations.

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