people killed in road crashes due to speeding in 2015.
serious injuries each year as a result of speeding.
To date, the State Government’s ‘speeding education campaigns’ have been effective in reducing trauma on our roads, but there is a concerning ambivalence within the community to the impact of low level speeding. Half of WA drivers think it’s ok to speed in certain situations. So not surprising that 40% of WA drivers irregularly or regularly offend. This campaign talks to this audience.
Average Speed – Safety Camera Zone
On October 31 2016, an average speed camera test was rolled out on Forrest Highway - creating WA’s first ‘Safety Camera Zone’. For the next 6 months, the Forrest Highway Safety Camera Zone will record anyone who speeds, giving all of us peace of mind while travelling through the area.
How Does It Work?
Let’s say a speeding driver is heading towards the Safety Camera Zone. Once the driver enters the zone, cameras record an image of the car. Another image will be taken when the car exits the zone.
If the journey between the two cameras is completed too soon, and the average recorded speed is too fast, the system will be alerted that a speeding offence has occurred.
Speeding increases the chances of a crash, as well as the likelihood of serious injury or death in a crash. Our research shows that speed cameras make drivers slow down, help reduce the road toll and lower the chances of having a crash.
Following this test period, the introduction of Average Speed Safety Cameras will be another tool to help save lives and make WA roads safer.
Crashing at Speed
It’s simple – the faster you travel, the less time you have to react to emergencies or to stop. And if you do crash, the faster you are travelling, even if within the speed limit, the greater the risk of injury to you and your passengers.
The risk of being involved in a crash resulting in injury in a 60 km/h speed zone doubles with every 5 km/h increase in driving speed above the limit. This means travelling at 65 km/h in a 60 km/h speed zone doubles the chance of having a crash resulting in injury. Travelling at 70 km/h increases the chance of crashing by 4 times and travelling at 80 km/h increases this chance by 32 times.
This is due to kinetic energy, which a person or object has while it is moving. This energy is gained during acceleration and lost during deceleration. In a collision, the energy is transferred to the other person or object, usually as sound, heat and deformation of objects, including the human occupants.
Travel speed determines the amount of energy transferred in a crash. The human body can only absorb so much impact before death or serious injury result.