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Athllon drive pervasive surveillance kicks off

By 31 August 2013 3

Simon Corbell is announcing he’ll be watching you down Athllon Drive:

The ACT’s second point to point road safety camera system at Athllon Drive will start operating from Friday, 6 September 2013, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell announced today.

“The Athllon Drive point to point cameras will operate in both directions, between Beasley Street in Mawson and Drakeford Drive in Tuggeranong,” Mr Corbell said.

“Curbing speeding on our roads is critical, as national crash statistics identify speeding as a major factor in around 30% of fatal crashes.”

The installation of the Athllon Drive point to point camera system follows the installation of a point to point camera on Hindmarsh Drive in February 2012.

The camera sites were chosen based on a Forward Design Study and advice from an independent engineering consultant, who applied a 50:50 weighting of safety and traffic factors. This takes into account the need to influence the driving behaviour of a large number of motorists, while also reducing the potential for crashes at locations which have historically experienced higher numbers of crashes.

“ACT crash data shows there were 568 crashes on the Athllon Drive corridor from Beasley Street to Drakeford Drive, including crashes at the intersections with those roads, between 2008 and 2012,” Mr Corbell said.

“This included 40 crashes where people were injured.”

During testing of the Athllon Drive point to point cameras, cars were detected at average speeds of 103km/h southbound and 116km/h northbound, despite the presence of roundabouts.

“As these are average speeds, those vehicles would have been travelling at speeds well above that at various points between the two camera detection points,” Mr Corbell said.

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3 Responses to Athllon drive pervasive surveillance kicks off
#1
bundah9:55 am, 31 Aug 13

During testing of the Athllon Drive point to point cameras, cars were detected at average speeds of 103km/h southbound and 116km/h northbound, despite the presence of roundabouts.

Which tells me that they were in a real hurry to get out of Tuggers, can’t say I blame ‘em..

#2
HiddenDragon11:08 am, 31 Aug 13

Wouldn’t it be nice if a similar state of the art, high tech, “you are being watched at all times” approach could be brought to bear to keep our elected and unelected officials accountable for their actions and inactions – no fudging, no wriggle room, no plausible deniability, no changing the subject, no arguing that everyone else does it, too. Dream on…..

#3
Felix the Cat7:19 am, 11 Sep 13
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