New safety cameras now in action on WA roads
26 Apr 2017
Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia has welcomed the deployment of two new safety cameras in Perth and regional WA in a bid to reduce road trauma on our roads.
Enforcement has begun with the red-light safety camera at the intersection of Tonkin Highway and Welshpool Road East in Wattle Grove, and the fixed safety camera on Great Eastern Highway in Wundowie.
“Now, all vehicles travelling through the Wattle Grove and Wundowie safety camera sites could receive infringements if they are caught speeding,” said Mr Papalia.
There are several key factors taken into account when each safety camera location is chosen, including crash propensity and risk issues at that particular site.
Main Roads WA estimates that the total cost of the 152 crashes between 2012 and 2016 at the Wattle Grove red-light speed camera site was more than $11.5 million.
Between 2011 and 2015, more than 100 crashes were recorded on Great Eastern Highway, including six fatalities and 24 people were hospitalised.
Mr Papalia said evaluation of the deployment of safety cameras in WA has found they are extremely effective in reducing road trauma in those locations by up to 60 per cent.
“We have found that safety cameras effectively reducing aggregate speed in the specific location they are deployed,” said Mr Papalia.
WA Police provide a list of safety camera locations around Western Australia.
But there is also evidence of a reduction in speed some ten kilometres from those sites - this observation has been referred to as a halo effect.