New Revenue Speed Cameras Active

Jazz 16 August 2007 63

John Hargreaves has put out this media release on the activation of 4 new permanent speed cameras around Canberra.

New locations are Canberra Avenue/Captain Cook Crescent/Manuka Circle; Gungahlin Drive/Gundaroo Drive, Tuggeranong Parkway, near the Cotter Road Overpass; and Federal Highway, southbound, approaching the Antill Street roundabout.

With these ones yet to come.

Federal Highway, northbound, approaching the Antill Street roundabout
Tuggeranong Parkway, both directions, near the Hindmarsh Drive underpass
Barton Highway, both directions, between Curran Drive and Gold Creek Road
Barton Highway, both directions, between Gungahlin Drive and Ellenborough Street
Monaro Highway, both directions, near the Hindmarsh Drive overpass
Monaro Highway, northbound, between Lanyon Drive and Sheppard Street
Monaro Highway, southbound, between Mugga Lane and Isabella Drive

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VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 10:19 am 17 Aug 07

Revenue cameras do very little to make the roads a safer place. I know where the ones near where I live are and slow down around them – hooray. People who think that speeding automatically makes you go from ‘safe’ to ‘in danger’ shouldn’t be allowed to vote, because they clearly have no real mental capabilities.

AG Canberra AG Canberra 9:18 am 17 Aug 07

fhakk – that is entirely correct. Back in May when hopeless Hargreaves announced the sites he proudly stated that their need was backed by sound stats and their selection was proposed by a committee.

Problem is that the committee was disbanded last year and the stats are still nowhere to be seen. NRMA support a highly visible police road patrol – not cheap and ineffective cameras.

Then there was Stanhopeless’s press release a couple of weeks ago – where again claimed that 15% of people speed on the Parkway.

Can we see these stats?

And if they were fair dinkum then all funding from the cameras would go directly into the ED’s of our two hospitals – to help crash victims….

hingo hingo 9:07 am 17 Aug 07

LOL aussielyn. I knew there would be at least one fruitcake who thought this would save lives. The more cameras the better? Who are you? Big Brother?Can’t wait to see the tail-enders on my way to work as soon as these cameras are operational. Red light cameras I can understand, running red lights is dangerous. Doing 90 or 100kph on the Barton Highway can easily be done without putting anyone in danger. The only reason it is 80kph in the first place is so cops can put their evil van in the middle of the road and bring in some easy cash. It turns into a 100kph zone not far after the gungahlin drive overpass and the road is no safer than the 80 zone before it.

JPW JPW 11:19 pm 16 Aug 07

Those ‘hoons’ you are worried about will slow down for 2 seconds to avoid getting caught then straight away they will go again.
Exactly! I go down the parkway every morning for work…traffic flows fine at 110km/h and then slows to 95 for a few meters at the camera, and then straight back to 110, with the obligatory wankers doing 130 on a car fillied road trying to cut in and out of the lanes.

I would have much rather seen red light cameras at some of the intersections which see alot of accidents…make money catching people that endanger lives, not those that have unknowingly crept to 110kmh down a hill.

fhakk fhakk 7:21 pm 16 Aug 07

What’s interesting is the NRMA says, despite frequent requests, they have not received any data from the ACT government about why those cameras are needed. Don’t you think it’s interesting that the NRMA, an organisation which is supposed to help improve road safety, is uncomfortable with the whole speed camera thing?

bighead bighead 7:14 pm 16 Aug 07

Deano, isn’t it illegal to have a speed camera sign with no warning in the ACT?

Hingo, You are right about following the same speed as the traffic. I do my best to avoid speeding. But sometimes it is necessary to avoid a collision.

And aussielyn, Take my word for it. Those ‘hoons’ you are worried about will slow down for 2 seconds to avoid getting caught then straight away they will go again.

Revenue Cameras are useless. And as much as I have seen lately the police are no better.

Bartron Bartron 6:47 pm 16 Aug 07

the parkway cameras are at the cotter road overpass, not hindmarsh…..

for anyone complaining…don’t speed and you won’t get fined…it’s that simple

Deano Deano 6:03 pm 16 Aug 07

The cameras on the Monaro Highway are very conveniently hidden behind large signs with no warning signs in place. Perfectly placed to catch the snow traffic – Thank you for passing through the ACT, that’ll be $77 thanks.

barking toad barking toad 5:56 pm 16 Aug 07

Well aussielyn, if you feel speed cameras were put in place for road safety reasons then good for you.

There are fairies at the bottom of the garden too!

aussielyn aussielyn 5:38 pm 16 Aug 07

The more speed cameras the better. People who speed will be punished in the hip pocket nerve. Dangerous driving, no matter what time, should be discouraged and this measure will sort some out. The police cannot be everywhere so better to use technology is to be applauded.
If it stops the hoons dragging down the Monaro Hwy at 2am, maybe we can have some sleep in Narrabundah. Maybe it will save some lives!
Cynics may call it revenue raising, I call it road safety.

hingo hingo 4:50 pm 16 Aug 07

I’m not a leadfoot but I like to keep the traffic flowing. If the people in front of me are doing 10k’s over, then fuck it, I’ll follow them. There aren’t any pedestrians on the Barton Hwy anyway, I’m basically driving to the conditions which his the safest form of driving, ask any professional driver. More accidents occur if your constantly worried about doing 1km/h over the speed limit or getting blasted by a camera; because you aren’t really concentrating on the road, your concentrating on not getting taxed.

Besides, if there is more than one car in the photo, you can’t get done anyway because they are unable to tell which car was speeding.

If anyone thinks these carmeras were installed to keep people safe then they have a warped sense of reality. As Thumper said, these will just create more distraction for the driver.

Thumper Thumper 4:24 pm 16 Aug 07

Exactly WMC,

Those cameras on the parkway are actually dangerous if anything.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 4:15 pm 16 Aug 07

It’s a tax. But it is voluntary. Keep on swelling the ACT govt’s coffers you leadfoot suckers.

AG Canberra AG Canberra 4:04 pm 16 Aug 07

After reading the ACT Road Safety Strategy recently it’s clear that these cameras are pure revenue raising. 46% of all crashes in Canberra are nose to tail. 70% of crashes occur between 7am and 10am and 4pm and 7pm. We all know thae average speed in these areas at this time is well below the posted limit…..

What are these cameras supposed to do? (except raise money…) They certainly won’t reduce the number of crashes.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 3:00 pm 16 Aug 07

I note many of the new locations are dead straight, multi-lane, divided highways or parkways…

Where, as you note two seconds later, there’s merging traffic. Lots of fun coming off an entry ramp and getting t-boned by Joe F*ckwit in his VN Commodore, a gutful of piss and a back seat full of dickheads egging him on.

niftydog niftydog 2:37 pm 16 Aug 07

Don’t worry hingo, speed cameras don’t stop speeding anyway. What we need in Canberra is tail-gate cameras!

I note many of the new locations are dead straight, multi-lane, divided highways or parkways where the chance of a speed related accident is very, very low.

Those cameras on the Tuggers Parkway are likely to cause more congestion at a point where there’s already issues with merging traffic. They’ll certainly lead to confusion, panic braking and inevitably, more rear-enders.

Ralph Ralph 1:56 pm 16 Aug 07

They can still mark it on REVs.

hingo hingo 1:18 pm 16 Aug 07

Excellent! As far as my license and rego are concerned, I’m a New South Welshman!

Ralph Ralph 1:17 pm 16 Aug 07

Apparently the ACT Government is owed millions from interstaters running the red light cameras and speeding, and then not paying.

The ACT allegedly has no arrangements with the states to recover the money or dock the points of those drivers.

hingo hingo 1:07 pm 16 Aug 07

These speed cameras are a joke. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an accident caused by speeding in any of those areas. At least on the North side.

Maybe we need to do what the poms are doing with theirs

Apparently a tire filled with petrol over the top of the camera is the best method for destruction

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