Dangerous driving given the red light in Charlestown


Road Safety in Charlestown will receive a boost with the installation of a new red-light speed camera at the intersection of Pacific Highway and Madison Drive.

Tara McCarthy, Deputy Secretary of Safety, Environment and Regulation at Transport for NSW, said the new camera will target red-light running and speeding from 19 September 2022 to improve safety for all road users.

“We know that running red lights can lead to serious T-bone crashes or vehicles hitting pedestrians,” Ms McCarthy said.

“About 30 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 from 2017 to 2021, three crashes occurred at this intersection, with one person seriously injured. So far this year, there has been one non-casualty crash at the intersection of Pacific Highway and Madison Drive.

“Road crashes claimed the lives of 275 people on NSW roads last year with speed the biggest killer. This red-light speed camera will help to reduce risk in Charlestown."

Research shows that red-light speed cameras dramatically reduce the number of serious crashes on our roads.

“The most recent NSW speed camera review found fatal and serious injury crashes fell by 35 per cent at red-light speed camera locations, and pedestrian casualties fell by almost 60 per cent,” Ms McCarthy said.

As with all red-light speed camera locations in NSW, the new enforcement camera in Charlestown will be clearly signposted. The new camera 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 period.

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.