326 caught in big week for cam­era

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - KATE CAMPBELL

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.

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