Combined speed and red light camera now active
Member for Burleigh Michael Hart MP shares, an existing red light camera at the Markeri and Bermuda Street intersection on the Gold Coast has been upgraded with speed detection capability.
The camera will ‘go live’ from 1 July and is one of five being upgraded to include speed detection capability across Queensland, including in Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton.
Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said all road users would benefit from the upgrades because the cameras aimed to reduce crashes and encourage speed compliance at these intersections.
“The Gold Coast intersection will be signed to remind motorists to slow down and comply with the traffic signals,” Deputy Commissioner Barnett said.
“Motorists who speed through the intersection will be detected and fined regardless of whether the traffic signal is green, yellow or red.
“These upgrades have been used with great success in other states.”
Deputy Commissioner Barnett said preliminary results showed all types of crashes were significantly reduced following upgrades in Western Australia, as well as the number of speeding drivers and riders.
Transport and Main Roads Director-General Neil Scales said combined speed and red light camera systems had been used for the past two years at the intersections of Waterworks Road and Jubilee Terrace in Ashgrove and Beaudesert Road and Compton Road in Sunnybank Hills.
“We are committed to road safety and reducing the impact of crashes,” Mr Scales said.
“This new site, as well as the others, in conjunction with existing cameras and onroad enforcement methods, will deliver our commitment to this.”
Mr Scales said dangerous driving practices, such as running red lights and speeding, endangered the lives of all Queensland road users.
“Speeding is a factor in about twenty per cent of road deaths every year and it must stop,” he said.
“These sites are one way to help and once all the cameras are active, there will be seven combined red light and speed camera sites in Queensland.
“We will continue to monitor existing red light camera locations and determine whether further sites should be upgraded to include speed detection capability.”
For all fixed camera locations, visit the Queensland Transport and Main Roads website.
[ENDS] 1 July2013
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