Dangerous driving given the red light in Merrylands

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Road safety in Merrylands will receive a welcome boost with the installation of a new red-light speed camera at the intersection of Woodville Road and Louis Street.

NSW Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said the new camera will begin operating on 23 July and will target red-light running and speeding. From July 2011 to June 2016, 25 people were injured at this intersection - 12 seriously.

KEY POINTS:

  • Around 60 per cent of red light speed camera offences are from people running red lights
  • Red light speed cameras reduce fatal and serious injury crashes by 33 per cent
  • The new camera will operate in warning mode for one month.

“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’re addressing this problem head-on.

“The new camera will help to improve road safety in this busy part of Merrylands where the take away restaurants surrounding this intersection attract a lot of traffic. Woodville Road also has an important commuter link to Parramatta and bus route. The intersection is also close to a popular skate park resulting in high numbers of pedestrians.”

The 2017 speed camera review found that overall red light speed cameras reduced fatal and serious injury crashes by 33 per cent, and pedestrian casualties were reduced by 49 per cent.

The new camera will operate in warning mode for one month during which time drivers caught by the camera will be sent a warning letter to encourage them to change their behaviour. After this time fines will be sent to offending drivers.

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