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Camera installation prompts red-light runners to change behaviour

  • Posted on Monday 24th, February 2020.

Transport for NSW claims the installation of a red-light speed camera at the intersection of Wentworth Avenue and Sutherland Street will boost road safety.

Executive Director of the Centre for Road Safety, Bernard Carlon, said the new camera will target red-light running and speeding from Friday 28 February to improve safety for all road users.

“We know that running red lights can lead to serious T-bone crashes or vehicles crashing into pedestrians,” said Carlon.

“Around 60 per cent of red-light speed camera offences are from people running red lights so we are addressing this problem head-on," he said.

In the five years from 2014 to 2018, 10 recorded crashes occurred at this intersection with one person killed and another eight people injured, one seriously, according to Transport for NSW.

“Road crashes claimed the lives of 352 people on NSW roads last year with speed the biggest killer and these red light speed cameras will help to reduce risk in Mascot,” Mr Carlon said.

“The new camera will help improve road safety at this busy intersection where there are many businesses, community facilities, homes and traffic from buses, light commercial vehicles, cars and pedestrians," he said.

A 2018 NSW speed camera review, according to Carlon, found fatal and serious on-road incidents fell by more than a third at red-light speed camera locations, while pedestrian casualties decreased by nearly half.

Transport for NSW said the new camera will operate in warning mode for one month during which time drivers caught speeding or running red lights will be sent a warning letter to encourage them to change their behaviour. Fines and demerit points will be sent to offending drivers at the end of this period.

Fines from red-light speed cameras go directly into the Community Road Safety Fund to deliver targeted road safety initiatives in NSW.

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