Bad sign for speed cam­eras


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THE NRMA is call­ing for clearly marked speed signs to ac­com­pany mo­bile speed cam­eras in a bid to en­sure driv­ers are not be­ing slugged with fines un­fairly.

NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said it was dif­fi­cult for the peo­ple driv­ing in un­fa­mil­iar sub­urbs to know what the speed limit is.

“If you don’t live in the area, you don’t know what the speed limit is – you should have the speed limit on the warn­ing sign as well,” Mr Khoury said. “What we want is the speed the peo­ple are meant to be driv­ing at­tached to the warn­ing signs for mo­bile speed cam­eras.

“Right now, all you have is the sign say­ing ‘there is a mo­bile speed cam­era ahead’. Fixed speed cam­eras or red light cam­eras have a speed limit on the sign as well.”

Leg­is­la­tion re­quires signs up to 250m and again 50m be­fore a mo­bile cam­era, and 50m be­yond the cam­era.

There is no re­quire­ment for speed limit signs near the cam­eras. Last week, it was re­vealed a mo­bile speed cam­era site in Coly­ton was the “most snapped” in NSW bring­ing in $273,841 in fines.

Roads Min­is­ter Dun­can Gay said the State Gov­ern­ment had more speed signs than any other state in Aus­tralia. “The NSW Gov­ern­ment has made sure there is more sig­nage than ever be- fore around speed cam­eras of all types. Our ap­proach is to save lives, not take peo­ple’s money,” Mr Gay said.

“We pro­vide warn­ing 250m ahead of a mo­bile speed cam­era so driv­ers have time to slow down – more than any­where else.”

Op­po­si­tion spokes­woman for roads Jodie McKay sha- red the NRMA’s con­cern. “We need to fo­cus on high­vis­i­bil­ity polic­ing, warn­ing no­tices and more speed mon­i­tor­ing signs to en­cour­age mo­torists to change their be­hav­iour be­fore they put them­selves and oth­ers in harm’s way,” she said.

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