Leadfoot drivers beware – the ACT’s speed detection net is about to be widened with the addition of two new mobile cameras as part of the government’s road safety program.
They have been a long time coming, being first announced back in June last year.
Last week the government awarded a half a million-dollar, two-year contract for the two new mobile speed cameras and maintenance of the fleet to Victorian-based traffic technology specialists Vitronic Machine Vision.
This will bring the number of mobile cameras in the fleet to 11.
The deal also includes an upgrade to the existing cameras, new computer hardware and standardisation of the technology across the fleet so they can be interchangeable across the traffic camera network.
The mobile cameras can detect speeds across six lanes of oncoming and outgoing traffic depending on their location.
The decision to boost the mobile camera fleet was based on an independent report into the ACT’s Road Safety program which found that they have saved more than $60 million in road trauma costs each year.
Monash University’s Accident Research Centre analysed 1,139 unique locations of mobile speed cameras.
The report said the mobile speed cameras program had reduced accidents by around 22 per cent between September 2016 and September 2017 and prevented up to 120 casualty crashes that could have resulted in a fatality or injury, and 2,900 property damage crashes.
The data also showed that over 80 per cent of crashes in the ACT occurred within 0.5 km of a site used at one or more times for mobile speed camera enforcement.
The government believes the two additional mobile speed cameras will prevent an additional 11 casualty crashes and over 170 property crashes per year.
The mobile speed camera program results in about 30,000 fines being issued a year, generating about $10 million in revenue.
Road Safety Minister Shane Rattenbury said last year he hoped the community would appreciate the benefit of mobile speed cameras.
“I think it is important for the community to see the value in mobile speed cameras. There is cynicism sometimes around cameras and hopefully, people will see they have a significant impact on road safety.”