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Bid to cut country WA road toll with fixed speed cameras

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Fixed speed cameras are being installed on WA country roads including this one on Great Eastern Hwy, 700m east of the El Caballo Roadhouse, which goes live on December 3.

Fixed speed cameras are being installed on WA country roads including this one on Great Eastern Hwy, 700m east of the El Caballo Roadhouse, which goes live on December 3.

FIXED speed cameras will be installed on country highways for the first time in WA in a bid to cut the soaring death toll on regional roads.

Three new cameras are being installed on the state’s most notorious country roads to force drivers to slow down.

WA currently has five fixed speed cameras, all in the metropolitan area, but the Government has pledged an additional 25.

The three country cameras, which go live on December 3, are the first of the wave of new cameras.

Fixed speed cameras are common on country roads in Victoria and New South Wales but until now have not been used in outside Perth.

Two will be on Great Eastern Highway — 700m east of the El Caballo Roadhouse in Wundowie and on the outskirts of Northam, east of the Shirley Strickland Bridge.

The stretch of road has seen 100 crashes from 2011 to 2015 resulting in six fatalities and 34 people seriously injured.

The third country fixed speed camera will be installed on Indian Ocean Drive at Gabbadah, just west of Sovereign Hill Drive.

The coastal road north of Perth has been the scene of 33 crashes that left 15 people seriously injured from 2011 to 2015.

A total of 154 people have lost their lives on WA roads so far this year, including 95 in regional WA.

Great Eastern Hwy Wundowie
Great Eastern Hwy Northam
Indian Ocean Dr Gabbadah
Roe Highway Willetton
Kwinana Freeway Como
Mitchell Freeway Innaloo
Kwinana Freeway Murdoch
Mitchell Freeway Stirling

Police Minister Liza Harvey said the additional enforcement was aimed at saving lives and not at raising revenue.

Ms Harvey said police statistics showed the rate of speeding motorists dropped by an average of 60 per cent once a speed camera is installed at a location. Speed was blamed as a factor in 62 of the 161 road fatalities in WA last year.

“These new cameras are being installed in black spots where we have had a history of people being killed or seriously injured in crashes,” she said.

The Government’s country road crackdown also includes a trial of point to point speed cameras from tomorrow on a 26km stretch of Forrest Highway between Lake Clifton and Myalup.

RAC spokeswoman Liz Carey welcomed the new cameras but said a “co-ordinated, long-term and more transparent road safety enforcement plan is now urgently needed”.


Courtesy: PerthNow

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