No slowdown in mobile speed camera roll-out as report confirms they are lifesavers

Lachlan Roberts 20 June 2019 145

The ACT Government handed out around 30,000 fines from the mobile speed vans last financial year. Photos: George Tsotsos.

The ACT Government will add two additional mobile speed cameras to their fleet in the coming months after an independent report into the ACT’s Road Safety program found that mobile speed cameras have saved more than $60 million in road trauma costs each year.

The detailed report by Monash University’s Accident Research Centre analysed 27 fixed speed cameras across the territory, two point-to-point speed cameras on Hindmarsh Drive and Athlon Drive – which have since been decommissioned – as well as 1,139 unique locations of mobile speed cameras.

The report said the ACT’s mobile speed camera program is “arguably the most important element of the ACT traffic camera program”, stating that it had reduced accidents by around 22 per cent between September 2016 and September 2017.

The report said that the mobile speed camera program had also prevented up to 120 casualty crashes that could have resulted in a fatality or injury, 2,900 property damage crashes and more than $60 million in crash costs in the space of those 12 months.

The view inside a mobile speed camera van.

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.

As a result of the strategic analysis, the ACT Government said it will add two additional mobile speed cameras to the roster in the next few months, which they believe will prevent an additional 11 casualty crashes and over 170 property crashes per year.

ACT Minister for Roads Shane Rattenbury said the overall objective of the mobile camera program is to create the perception of “anywhere, anytime” speed enforcement in the ACT to encourage motorist to obey speed limits.

“I am really pleased with the outcome because they show that speed camera programs are having a real impact on improving road safety in the ACT,” Mr Rattenbury said. “It has highlighted areas where we can continue to make improvements.

Mr Rattenbury said mobile speed cameras save lives, prevent crashes, and save millions of dollars.

“We are not saying that cameras are the only thing to keep roads safe but what this report does show us is that cameras do make a material difference and they are worth having out there.”

Mr Rattenbury hopes the report will show Canberrans there is a value in having mobile speed cameras.

“We see around 30,000 fines a year from the mobile speed vans and that generates around $10 million in revenue last financial year,” he said.

“What I can assure you is that the ACT Government spends far more than that on road safety programs from operating the cameras, to the money we put into having police on the road to enforce road rules and the various upgrades we make to address black spots and other safety hazards.

Mr Rattenbury released the findings of an evaluation of the ACT’s Road Safety Camera program today.

“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.”

The evaluation into the speed camera program, which will take place every three years, also found that the fixed speed cameras and point-to-point camera system on Hindmarsh Drive had reduced reported crashes by 25 per cent.

The report said that the cameras on Hindmarsh Drive had prevented 69 reported crashes annually, including 13 by the point-to-point camera system between Yamba Drive and Dalrymple Street.

It is estimated that the speed cameras on the major arterial road in Canberra’s south had saved $1.3 million annually in crash costs to the ACT community, with the point-to-point camera saving $262,000.

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145 Responses to No slowdown in mobile speed camera roll-out as report confirms they are lifesavers
gasman gasman 6:05 pm 27 Jun 19

A lot of negativity about speed cameras. I invite any of you to spend a day working with me. I run the trauma operating theatre several days per month at Canberra Hospital and I see lives ruined by car crashes every one of those days. The 2 biggest contributors to this is alcohol and speed. I could, but won’t, go into the details of lives and families destroyed. Once you’ve seen the damage a car crash causes, often ongoing pain and surgery for weeks or even months, you might change your negative views. Anything that helps decrease the carnage has got to be good. Slow down!

Michael Mundy Michael Mundy 11:08 pm 26 Jun 19

gotta pay for that tram somehow... cant even fix a pot hole but sure as hell want money out of you...

Nigel Jennens Nigel Jennens 11:19 pm 24 Jun 19

Before the new speed cameras are entered into service, I think every speed limit in Canberra should be removed.

If speed cameras really do save lives then there should be no significant increase in road fatalities.

Evan Williams Evan Williams 9:59 pm 24 Jun 19

Our roads are clogged with traffic, when you get to a road where there is flow and no one has an accident you find the van....what about better roads to keep up with the growth.

bigred bigred 3:25 pm 24 Jun 19

Anyone else notice that these vans have an exemption from the laws about parking on nature strips and in tree root zones? And, they are now ramping up the use of camera vans to catch people parking in the very places the camera van operators prefer to park.

Wouldn’t it be more transparent if they parked in a visible spot, such as the concrete previously used for bus stops on recently abandoned routes? Obviously, marked police patrols would be a fantastic initiative but who would then attend crashes to collect the evidence?

Deborah Lynn Willenbrecht Deborah Lynn Willenbrecht 5:22 pm 23 Jun 19

Not if you don’t speed!

Julie Maynard Julie Maynard 4:40 pm 23 Jun 19

We actually need more than that to slow everyone down. I’ve never lived anywhere where it’s normal and expected that you drive 20kms over the speed limit-no matter what zone you are in!

Lou Gleeson Lou Gleeson 8:35 am 23 Jun 19

Revenue raising..paying for their superanuation..

    Marcel Bond Marcel Bond 9:04 pm 24 Jun 19

    Revenue raising....but revenue raising from idiots who I don't care!

David Lukacs David Lukacs 9:31 pm 22 Jun 19

Revenue raising -

Only places I see these bastards is school zones ( good in this respect ) and multi speed areas. And how do they prevent accidents when they capture the driver after the event ???

    Marcel Bond Marcel Bond 9:07 pm 24 Jun 19

    So you want the driver to be 'captured' at the time of their offending? Immediate enforcement? Obviously then you would support a device fitted to your car that spits out a ticket every time you go 1km over the speed limit? Seems fine to me...but somehow I don't think that is what you really want.

    David Lukacs David Lukacs 9:11 pm 24 Jun 19

    Marcel Bond ok - i reread - the bastards get you any way they can. Always have been in favour of police on the road but dead set against roadside speed camera vans.

    David Lukacs David Lukacs 9:12 pm 24 Jun 19

    And No - I have not - touch wood - been done by one of the speed cameras as yet.

Helen Walsh Helen Walsh 5:59 pm 22 Jun 19

How about putting them on horsepark drive at midnight

When the hoons are out! 😡

    Paul McAlister Paul McAlister 6:38 pm 22 Jun 19

    The Cost benefit analysis shows that they won't make enough $$$ from fines against how much is costs to deploy the van....

Steve Austin Steve Austin 5:39 pm 22 Jun 19

I'm sick of the blatant lies that these 'revenue vans' are a safety initiative that works... we know they don't and only REAL POLICE save lives on the road..

Mark Flynn Mark Flynn 9:19 am 22 Jun 19

Revenue raising.

Mitch Garner Mitch Garner 9:15 am 22 Jun 19

I have literally seen these be the cause of multiple accidents especially when they hide the big sign by overhanging branches. It's not about slowing people down if you are being sneaky like that it's about money.

    Mitch Garner Mitch Garner 2:35 pm 22 Jun 19

    Wasnt saying I was in them just that I saw them no need to share common logic with me

Steve Ulr Steve Ulr 8:09 am 22 Jun 19

Having a red light/speed camera (with RAPID identification) at every traffic light would be a more palatable goal for people I would think.

    Mark Katalinic Mark Katalinic 8:33 am 22 Jun 19

    Either that or more actual police on the road. I see at least half a dozen red light runners per day and a whole bunch of other stuff speed cameras don't give out fines for

    Steve Ulr Steve Ulr 8:58 am 22 Jun 19

    Mark Katalinic this is a job they do not want to do.

    Anne Macdonald Anne Macdonald 2:32 pm 22 Jun 19

    Steve Ulrich we saw a car go through the red lights on Thursday night at Kambah village where there have been a couple of fatals. A police car sitting there didn’t even bother to pursue. Traffic from the other direction was already beginning to move off so it’s only luck that no-one moved off really quickly.

Martyn Beal Martyn Beal 7:05 am 22 Jun 19

Would like to see the data on that report to support this. If it is really correct though, you could put these vans out there with no cameras in them and the result would be the same. But , we probably “ have no budget” for that.In the absence of being able to correlate the “ placebo” data, it can only be assumed the speed vans are to raise revenue. Why is it that we are treated with such stupidity?

Kevin Begg Kevin Begg 10:12 pm 21 Jun 19

Funny how they always seem to be in the same sneaky spots!,

July Williams you hit the nail right on the head!

Low risk, high revenue areas.

Ian Clake Ian Clake 8:56 pm 21 Jun 19

More like they are running out of money

Lachlan Mumberson Lachlan Mumberson 8:30 pm 21 Jun 19

Budget lifesavers?

Mark Curran Mark Curran 7:13 pm 21 Jun 19

Need tailgate cameras

Con Castrissios Con Castrissios 7:10 pm 21 Jun 19

So agree rates rego go up every year

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