Well, it was bound to happen – the southbound facing speed camera on the Monaro (adjacent to the Isabella roundabout) has been damaged by someone obviously pissed off (and no – it wasn’t me!).
The police are in attendance taking happy snaps of the ground for footprints etc. In the end we as tax payers cop the bill and surely it comes as no surprise that this sought of thing is going to happen. They’re going to need cameras for the cameras!
Back in September of last year I wrote to the ACT Traffic mob to put fwd a couple of questions regarding the cameras.
Part of the response I received stated:
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The new fixed cameras are designed to be a general deterrent measure to address speeding. They are not specifically targeted towards “accident blackspots” which is a term generally applying to intersections, not midblocks. Notwithstanding this, crashes have occurred on the stretches of road now monitored by the fixed speed cameras
It also came with some stats for that part of the Monaro: Fatal Injury PDO* Total
Mugga Lane to Isabella Dr, including intersections of Mugga Lane and Isabella Drive 0 7 171 178
These stats apply to a five year period. PDO = Property Damage Only
With zero fatalities on this stretch of road I think its stretching it to imply that the above stats warrant a fixed speed camera. The information provided to me does not even give a breakdown of how many accidents were sustained as a consequence of speed in excess of the speed limit. More than likely the accidents are caused because people cant merge safely most of the time or fail to check that the lane that they want to move into is not already occupied by another vehicle.
Why was this location chosen for the camera? – the cynic in me says its because of the fact that you have a large volume of traffic on an annual basis and sooner or later someone not paying attention to the signs warning of the camera will get slugged.