Dangerous driving given the red light in Kotara


Road Safety in Kotara will receive a welcome boost with the installation of a new red-light speed camera at the intersection of Charlestown Road and Carnley Avenue.

Executive Director of the Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon said the new camera will target red-light running and speeding from Friday 29 November 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.

“Charlestown Road is an important link between Charlestown and Maitland as well as Taree while Carnley Avenue provides access to Newcastle and is also a popular tourist route.”

In the five years from 2014 to 2018, 19 recorded crashes occurred at this intersection with 18 people injured, including four seriously.

“Road crashes claimed the lives of 347 people on NSW roads last year with speed the biggest killer and these red light speed cameras will help to reduce risk in Kotara,” 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 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.