More motorists getting the message that speeding is unacceptable

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Drivers are being reminded they can be caught anywhere anytime by a mobile speed camera, as new data reveals a drop in the number of people caught speeding per hour of enforcement.

Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said 3.5 drivers were caught per hour of mobile speed camera enforcement in June, compared with five drivers caught per hour immediately after the changes were implemented.

“I want to thank the majority of New South Wales drivers and riders for slowing down on our roads, with 98% of vehicles passing Mobile Speed Cameras not exceeding the speed limit until the end of May this year,” Mr Carlon said.

“That 2% of people who are doing the wrong thing are on notice – your behaviour is putting lives at risk and you will be caught. If 98% of people can do the right thing, then so can you.

“Early indications are that the changes to the mobile speed camera program, along with other initiatives, are contributing to a reduction in trauma with the number of deaths on our roads down by 56 in the 2020/21 financial year, compared to the average of the three previous financial years.

“Data has also revealed the number of fatalities linked to speeding has dropped from almost 50% last year to around 40% so far this year.”

Mr Carlon said in the five years between 2015 and 2019, 743 people were killed and 6,372 seriously injured in crashes where speed was a contributing factor on NSW roads.

“While most people associate speed related death or injuries with high speeds the truth is at least two thirds of speeding drivers or riders involved in those crashes were travelling less than 10km/h over the sign posted speed limit.”

“The complacency that some drivers have, that ‘a little bit over’ the speed limit won’t hurt, has to stop. It is demonstrably untrue and the evidence proves this.”

The Mobile Speed Camera Program has always had the ability to enforce in both directions and operated cameras this way until requirements for additional signage were introduced in 2012.

These signage requirements meant it wasn’t safe from a WHS perspective to put signs out in both directions. Now signs are no longer required, bi-directional enforcement by mobile speed cameras has resumed on some stretches of road where conditions permit.

As recommended by the Auditor General, this makes NSW’s program consistent with every other state in Australia which already operate mobile speed cameras bi-directionally.

“There’s been a lot of incorrect claims about where the fines go, however every dollar is placed straight into the Community Road Safety Fund and reinvested back into improving road safety,” Mr Carlon said.

“This money is not going to government coffers, it is being used to fund life saving projects including the roll out of over 3,300 additional kilometers of audio tactile line markings as well as other safety infrastructure including flexible safety barriers, wide centre lines, curve treatments, and traffic calming measures such as speed humps and raised pedestrian crossings.

“Even more importantly, these changes to the mobile speed camera program are estimated to save up to 43 lives a year and 661 serious injuries when fully implemented reducing the cost to the community by up to $644 million a year.

“Speeding is never okay – whether it’s a small amount or large, a life altering crash can occur at any speed. The focus of this debate should be on the lives saved not the number of people who break the law and are penalized because of their dangerous behavior.

More information about the Mobile Speed Camera Program: https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/speeding/speedcameras/mobile-speed-cameras.html