Can­did cam­eras

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

MO­TORISTS should wel­come the out­come of the Trans­port De­part­ment’s re­view into the state’s traf­fic cam­era net­work to de­ter­mine if they are in the most rel­e­vant lo­ca­tions to bet­ter road safety.

The Glover Ave speed cam­era, which was the first “mid-block” cam­era in­stalled away from an in­ter­sec­tion in Ade­laide al­most 10 years ago, has long been crit­i­cised as serv­ing rev­enue rais­ing over road safety.

The fact that not a sin­gle crash has oc­curred in the vicin­ity since it was in­stalled would likely add to any scep­ti­cism.

Then again an ar­gu­ment could be mounted that no crash has oc­curred there be­cause of the pres­ence of the cam­era.

How­ever – and without mak­ing any apolo­gies for ir­re­spon­si­ble mo­torists – when said cam­era con­tin­ues to rake in mil­lions of dol­lars in rev­enue cap­tur­ing mo­torists go­ing down a hill slightly over the limit, its ef­fec­tive­ness as a road safety de­ter­rent is open to de­bate.

The State Gov­ern­ment has flagged the in­stal­la­tion of fur­ther traf­fic cam­eras. These must al­ways serve the in­ter­ests of road safety over rev­enue rais­ing.

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