Dangerous driving given the red light in Bathurst

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Road safety in Bathurst will receive a welcome boost with two new red-light speed cameras being switched on at the intersections of Durham and Bentinck streets and Stewart and Keppel streets.

Executive Director of the Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon said the new cameras will target red-light running and speeding from Wednesday 29 April to improve safety for all road users.

“We know that running red lights can lead to serious T-bone crashes or vehicles crashing into pedestrians,” Mr Carlon said.

“Around 60 per cent of red-light speed camera offences are from people running red lights so we are addressing this problem head-on.”

In the five years to 2018, six crashes occurred at the Durham and Bentinck Street intersection and five people were injured. 

At the intersection of Stewart and Keppel streets 10 crashes occurred in the same timeframe and 12 people were injured, including one seriously.

“Provisional data shows crashes claimed the lives of 352 people on NSW roads last year with speed the biggest killer and these red light speed cameras will help to reduce risk in Bathurst,” Mr Carlon said.

“The 2018 NSW speed camera review found fatal and serious injury crashes fell by more than a third at red-light speed camera locations, and pedestrian casualties fell by nearly half.”

The new cameras will operate in warning mode for one month during which time drivers caught speeding or running red lights will be sent a warning letter to encourage them to change their behaviour. Fines and demerit points will be sent to offending drivers at the end of this time.

Fines from red-light speed cameras go directly into the Community Road Safety Fund to deliver targeted road safety initiatives in NSW.

To sign up for alerts to changes in camera locations, visit www.saferroadsnsw.com.au