Speeders may be caught on camera
WATCH out – the State Government’s new mobile speed cameras may be headed our way.
The RTA said yesterday it expected ‘numerous locations’ on the Mid North Coast would be identified for mobile speed camera enforcement, which is part of a $170 million package to curb the rising road toll.
The mobile cameras will be re-introduced from July 19 across the State and their locations will be determined by the NSW Centre for Road Safety aftersome lengthy talks with police.
“Selection criteria will be developed for the program and, as with fixed speed cameras, will be based on location and time of crashes, an identified speeding problem and police intelligence,” an RTA spokesman told the Coffs Coast Advocate. yesterday.
The package includes $50m for safety upgrades in high-crash areas but whether any of that work happens in our region remains to be seen.
The RTA will first undertake a statewide crash analysis to prioritise a list of locations for the work, which will include installing noise and ‘vibration-making’ lines and wire rope barriers.
Also, councils across the State are set to share in $45m to improve local roads. Routes with bad crash histories will be identified.
“Last week, we passed the tragic milestone of 100 fatalities on our roads since the start of the year,” said NSW Roads Minister David Campbell.
Easter double demerit points:
exceed speed limit by up to 10km/h – two points;
exceed speed limit by 11-20km/h – six points;
exceed speed limit by 21-30km/h – eight points;
exceed speed limit by 31-45km/h – 10 points and automatic licence suspension;
exceed speed limit by more than 45km/h – 12 points and automatic licence suspension;
driver not wearing seat belt – minimum six points.
Learners and provisional drivers will get an automatic licence suspension for any speeding offence during this period.