Dangerous driving given the red light in Towradgi and Corrimal

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Road safety in Towradgi and Corrimal will be improved with the upgrade of two speed cameras on Memorial Drive.

Two new red-light speed cameras will replace the two existing fixed speed cameras on Memorial Drive to target speeding as well as red-light running at the intersections with Railway Street and Towradgi Road from Wednesday 24 June.

The existing fixed speed cameras on Memorial Drive will be switched off before the new red-light speed cameras commence operation and will then be removed. There will be no overlapping period of operation for the new and existing cameras.

Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary for Safety, Environment and Regulation Tara McCarthy said the new red-light speed cameras will improve safety for all road users.

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

In the five years from 2014 to 2018, 20 crashes occurred at the Towradgi Road intersection and 15 people were injured, three seriously. During the same time period, 11 crashes occurred at the Railway Street intersection and nine people were injured, two seriously.

“Although the fixed speed cameras and other roadworks did provide a safety benefit on Memorial Drive, crashes continue to cluster around the intersections with Railway Street and Towradgi Road,” Ms McCarthy said.

“These new cameras will target high-risk behaviours at the intersections and enforce speeding and red-light running for both north and southbound traffic on Memorial Drive.”

The new cameras will operate in warning mode for one month from Wednesday 24 June 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 once the warning letter period has finished.

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.