Point to point road safety cameras to be switched on next week

Released 30/08/2013

The ACT's second point to point road safety camera system at Athllon Drive will start operating from Friday, 6 September 2013, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell announced today.

"The Athllon Drive point to point cameras will operate in both directions, between Beasley Street in Mawson and Drakeford Drive in Tuggeranong," Mr Corbell said.

"Curbing speeding on our roads is critical, as national crash statistics identify speeding as a major factor in around 30% of fatal crashes."

The installation of the Athllon Drive point to point camera system follows the installation of a point to point camera on Hindmarsh Drive in February 2012.

The camera sites were chosen based on a Forward Design Study and advice from an independent engineering consultant, who applied a 50:50 weighting of safety and traffic factors. This takes into account the need to influence the driving behaviour of a large number of motorists, while also reducing the potential for crashes at locations which have historically experienced higher numbers of crashes.

"ACT crash data shows there were 568 crashes on the Athllon Drive corridor from Beasley Street to Drakeford Drive, including crashes at the intersections with those roads, between 2008 and 2012," Mr Corbell said.

"This included 40 crashes where people were injured."

During testing of the Athllon Drive point to point cameras, cars were detected at average speeds of 103km/h southbound and 116km/h northbound, despite the presence of roundabouts.

"As these are average speeds, those vehicles would have been travelling at speeds well above that at various points between the two camera detection points," Mr Corbell said.

"This behaviour is unacceptable and dangerous, and I expect that once the cameras are switched on, drivers will not be willing to run the risk of being caught and penalised for speeding in this area.

"The new point to point cameras can only improve road safety, particularly given the cameras' close proximity to schools, shopping centres and the Mt Taylor nature reserve."

Further information is available at www.justice.act.gov.au


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