Forrest Highway camera zone to begin enforcement

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17 Aug 2017

The State Government’s commitment to saving lives on WA roads will be reinforced when infringements are issued to speeding drivers within the Forrest Highway Average Speed Safety Camera Zone from next month.
 
Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron said drivers will have ample warning that enforcement begins on 6 September, with an education campaign starting on Sunday.

“There will be no excuse that drivers have not been warned about the imminent enforcement in the Forrest Highway zone,” said Mr Cameron.
There will be no excuse that drivers have not been warned about the imminent enforcement in the Forrest Highway zone, said Mr Cameron.
The television, digital, radio and billboard education campaign is designed to inform drivers that if you exceed the speed limit in the Forrest Highway zone, you will be caught.
 
“It’s getting harder for drivers to deliberately speed and get away with it, and the average speed safety camera zone on Forrest Highway is another tool WA Police have to slow down those drivers,” said Mr Cameron.
 
The Forrest Highway cameras measure the average speed of vehicles travelling north and southbound within the 30-kilometre zone, between Lake Clifton and Binningup.
 
The average speed of each vehicle is then compared to the posted speed limit, with infringements issued to those drivers caught exceeding the limit.
 
“We’ve seen around the world that average speed safety camera zones are particularly effective in areas with significant crash problems, such as this segment of Forrest Highway,” said Mr Cameron.
 
From 2009 to 2016, 8 people were killed and 28 people seriously injured within the Forrest Highway zone.
Evidence from other countries has also shown that speeds decrease around the location of the zone, producing a halo effect and reducing the risk of speed-related crash even further.
The six-month test period of the camera technology conducted by the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) found a statistically significant reduction in the mean and high-level speeds within the zone and the halo sites.
 
There was also an improved compliance with the posted speed limits of 14 per cent within the zone and 12 per cent in the halo sites.

NEWS & MEDIA LIAISON:

Claire Thomas

claire.thomas@rsc.wa.gov.au

0467 802 855

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