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.