Dangerous driving given the red light in Hoxton Park
Road Safety in Hoxton Park will receive a welcome boost with the installation of a new red-light speed camera in Hoxton Park Road westbound at the intersection with Cowpasture Road.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said the new camera will target red-light running and speeding from Friday 6 September 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,” the spokesperson 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.”
There are many homes, businesses and restaurants at the intersection and it is busy with pedestrians and traffic travelling to Camden and Liverpool along Cowpasture Road.
In the five years from 2013 to 2017, 28 crashes occurred at this intersection and 25 people were injured, seven seriously. A further crash in 2018 left one person seriously injured.
“Road crashes claimed the lives of 354 people on NSW roads last year with speed the biggest killer and these red light speed cameras will help to reduce risk in Hoxton Park,” the Transport for NSW spokesperson said.
“The most recently published 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 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.