326 caught in big week for camera
FORTY drivers a day are being caught speeding by the State’s first point-to-point camera, with some averaging 50km/h above the limit over the 30km stretch.
In its first week of operation, the new high-profile camera set-up on the Forrest Highway in the South West recorded 326 speeding drivers, triggering an irate Police and Road Safety Minister to slam those caught red-handed for being reckless and ignorant.
The fastest average speed between the two camera points by a driver was 159km/h, while one motorist was clocked at one point hurtling down the highway at 166km/h.
Those drivers will now be facing a fine of $1200 and seven demerit points.
“It’s rather disappointing that after an extensive media campaign to give people ample warning about these cameras, 40 people a day have been caught speeding,” Minister Michelle Roberts said.
“We’ve made no secret of the fact these cameras would become operational, the area is well signposted with warning signs before you enter the zone, yet we still have people getting clocked at 166km/h.
“The whole point of these cameras is to slow people down.”
This stretch of Forrest Highway has claimed eight lives and been the scene of 183 crashes over the past seven years.
“I suspect as infringements begin arriving in letterboxes, people will learn you can’t just slow down for the cameras at either end, you need to drive under the speed limit at all times,” Mrs Roberts said. “It is an undeniable fact that speed is a significant factor in road fatalities, so can I just say to drivers out there for your own sake, for the sake of your families and the sake of other road users, please slow down.”
More point-to-point cameras will be rolled out in WA, with the Road Safety Commission to identify the locations. But the Minister said she was keen to see the notorious Indian Ocean Drive — which has seen a string of recent fatal and serious crashes — as a future pointto-point location. “Indian Ocean Drive is being given active consideration for point-to-point cameras and, as the Road Safety Commission identifies other locations, consideration will be given to those areas,” she said. The McGowan Government expects to reap 20 per cent more revenue — $98.4 million — from speeding and red-light fines this financial year compared with the previous year. It has allocated $7.5 million in 2017-18 to buy and replace speed cameras.