Camera call to stop road carnage

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INDIAN Ocean Drive should be the next location for a point-to-point speed camera, Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts says.

Mrs Roberts’ comments came after the first point-to-point cameras started operating on Forrest Highway yesterday, catching 14 drivers in the first 12 hours.

The cameras, on a 30km stretch of the highway, caught one driver at 145km/h.

The fastest average speed by a driver was 130km/h.

Mrs Roberts said Indian Ocean Drive, the site of another crash today, was not on the short list for the next location, but she had raised it as her preference.


media_cameraOne person was airlifted to hospital after today’s crash on Indian Ocean Drive. Picture: Seven News.

“I would like personally to see a point-to-point camera put in place on Indian Ocean Drive, but that’s something I’m awaiting advice from the expert group on,” she said.

“It’s very sad that more people have been seriously injured on Indian Ocean Drive just today.

“I was there on the weekend and I was surprised there were still people speeding.

“I’m even more shocked when I hear things from police like there’s been a motorcyclist caught doing 187km/h just in the last week — it’s very disturbing.”

Mrs Roberts said the Road Safety Council would decided where future point-to-point cameras would be located.

“This is about saving lives and preventing a serious injury on our roads,” she said.

“I’d be delighted if we raised no money from these cameras.

“People really have had fair warning here. We’re trying to tell people if you speed in this area, you will get caught.


media_cameraOne person was airlifted to hospital after today’s crash on Indian Ocean Drive. Picture: Seven News.

“The cameras being there has adjusted people’s driving behaviour, it has slowed people down, but there are still people speeding through the zone.

“Those people I think will slow down once they know the cameras are live.”

Treasurer Ben Wyatt confirmed projected revenue raised by the cameras, which is paid into the Road Trauma Trust Account, would be revealed in today’s State Budget.



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