Justice and Community Safety want the word to know that the Hindmarsh Drive point to point cameras are commencing operations from 27 February 2012:
During the testing of the point to point cameras, speed measurements taken by the camera system indicated approximately800 motorists a day are speeding along the stretch of road where the cameras will shortly commence operating.
“Unfortunately it appears that many ACT motorists continue to speed, in spite of the risks that this behaviour presents to them, their passengers and other road users,” Ms Greenland said.
The point to point system uses cameras equipped with Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology and scans photographs to identify vehicle numberplates.
The system takes time-stamped photographs of vehicles as they pass two places (detection points) set at a known distance apart. It then matches images, calculates the time difference and determines the vehicle’s average speed between those points. If the average speed exceeds the average speed limit between those points, an infringement notice for a speeding offence may be issued.
“Strong safeguards to protect personal information have been incorporated in the road transport legislation, including explicit restrictions on access to and use of these images. The images from the point to point cameras are not capable of identifying vehicle occupants and images that do not show offences will be destroyed after 14 days,” Ms Greenland said.
The location of the first point to point cameras on Hindmarsh Drive was determined following an assessment of sites suitable for these cameras taking into account road safety and traffic considerations.
“Hindmarsh Drive was the highest ranked site against the relevant criteria, which included crash history,” Ms Greenland said.
“During the period 2004 to 2008 there were 538 crashes, including 17 injury crashes, on the Hindmarsh Drive corridor where the cameras are located.”
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