More mobile cameras set to patrol Canberra’s speeding hotspots

Ian Bushnell 26 October 2020 100
Mobile speed camera

More on the way: the ACT’s mobile speed camera coverage will soon be even greater. Photos: File.

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.

Computer display on the inside of mobile speed van

The computer display on the inside of mobile speed van.

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.”

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100 Responses to More mobile cameras set to patrol Canberra’s speeding hotspots
dukethunder dukethunder 10:57 pm 30 Oct 20

More vans fewer cops! Love that Canberra is becoming more bike friendly. Let’s keep commute times sub 15 mins.

Dorsia Darling Dorsia Darling 11:18 am 30 Oct 20

I wish the cameras would also fine people who drive way under the speed limit & brake constantly for no reason coz they can't drive well - equally dangerous. Also people who don't know how to use the right lane and selfishly won't pull over to let others past when they are driving 10-20ks under the speed limit. 😡

Wests Mods Wests Mods 4:39 pm 29 Oct 20

How does one get caught by a speed camera van, seriously, they are big, white, can see them a mile away…

kyliejm kyliejm 8:41 am 29 Oct 20

Also what about all the people who run res lights……. I am new to Canberra and always look beforehand leaving my green light…… scary

kyliejm kyliejm 8:38 am 29 Oct 20

I don’t mind the speed cameras I had been driving for 29 years before my first ticket. I was overtaking a truck where the speed limit changed from 80 to 60 and the truck covered the camera, I was surprised to say the least. Then a few months back In Canberra I was pulling into a 80 zone and just sped up as not to annoy the person behind me and got done by a mobile camera for 8 over ? jeez felt a bit robbed on that one. I know speeding kills and I bet harassed if I do the speed limit. Also tailgaters should get fined and also people who drive during the day when it’s raining and can’t see the car in front cause it has no lights on should be fined too…… and people who drive in the right lane for no reason should get fined too. Lol probably people want me fined for posting this ?

rationalobserver rationalobserver 5:46 pm 28 Oct 20

They are just ramping up in anticipation of fining any fossil fuel powered vehicle that dares travel on the ACT’s extra wide multi lane bike paths of the future (formally known as roads).

Rosie Jennings Rosie Jennings 5:00 pm 28 Oct 20

Better if there were more mobile units to catch speeding tailgaters. This I was towing a truck home today it was so close behind me.

Lisa Baker Lisa Baker 4:08 pm 28 Oct 20

Maybe they can raise enough $$ so our rates don’t have to rise another +15% yet another year in a year...

Junhoui Pyo Junhoui Pyo 10:12 am 28 Oct 20

Every road is money.

ssek ssek 9:45 am 28 Oct 20

Road safety = We are seeking new revenue streams.
Also amazing I never see these on anything but long straight bits of road, usually at the bottom of a hill.

Peter Bee Peter Bee 9:37 am 28 Oct 20

Need mobile patrols. Too many idiot drivers and speeders in Canberra. No deterance when there is no highway patrols with radar.

Nigel Milton Nigel Milton 9:53 pm 27 Oct 20

Place them shortly after the fixed cameras and catch all the flogs that gun it once they have cleared the fixed cameras.

    John Carroll John Carroll 10:24 pm 27 Oct 20

    Nigel Milton how about place it before the fixed cameras and get all the flogs who slow down to 10 under the limit!

    Nigel Milton Nigel Milton 11:09 pm 27 Oct 20

    John Carroll either side then

    Mark Pepper Mark Pepper 7:22 am 28 Oct 20

    Nigel Milton why are you worried about them? It’s their risk to take. It’s the unnecessary slowing to 20kmh under the limit before a camera that’s most likely to cause an accident!

Aaron Horton Aaron Horton 9:07 pm 27 Oct 20

You guys voted for this

Mon Noremac Mon Noremac 7:44 pm 27 Oct 20

Seriously at the bottom of the hill in Chisholm !!!

    Michelle Butt Michelle Butt 7:00 am 28 Oct 20

    Mon Noremac they do it in Conder too on Tharwa Drive. Just means you’ve got to ride the brakes more.

    Mon Noremac Mon Noremac 7:26 am 28 Oct 20

    Michelle Butt I know and maximise the people the catch that take their eyes off the speedo for a second. They also hide in blind spots. It shouldn’t be allowed

Alanna Davis Alanna Davis 7:07 pm 27 Oct 20

Nads And I read the comments! 🤦🏻‍♀️

Christopher Cuba Rabanal Christopher Cuba Rabanal 7:07 pm 27 Oct 20

Thank you

Lee McDowall Lee McDowall 6:36 pm 27 Oct 20

Police on the roads are the best deterrent, people see these, red light cameras or speed cameras slow down, go through them then speed up again, what a joke

James Webster James Webster 6:34 pm 27 Oct 20

I thought ACT labor would of waited a little longer after the election to start taking money out of their voters hands....

    Tim Hutch Tim Hutch 8:48 pm 28 Oct 20

    The best way not to give them your money is to do the speed limit.

    It's really not that hard.

Andy Anderson Andy Anderson 6:07 pm 27 Oct 20

Not an issue if you're doing the right thing.

    Silins Kris Silins Kris 7:46 pm 27 Oct 20

    😂 flew by and thought this said “Not an Aussie if your doing the right thing “

    Philip Selmes Philip Selmes 8:37 pm 30 Oct 20

    Andy Anderson you've got no idea about traffic engineering, have you Andy? And neither do any of the people who 'liked' your comment.

Stephen Withers-Norris Stephen Withers-Norris 5:25 pm 27 Oct 20

Download the Waze app. Good way of keeping track 👍

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