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PCA Applauds Minister Scully On Tough Speeding And School-Zone Program

Wednesday 23 October 2002
The Chairman of the PCA, Mr Harold Scruby, today congratulated the NSW Minister for Roads and Transport, the Hon Carl Scully, on his tough and bold programs to counter speeding, particularly around school zones (Media Releases attached).

Mr Scruby said: “Speed is the biggest killer on our roads. We must make speeding as socially and culturally unacceptable in this decade as we made drink-driving unacceptable in the preceding decade.

“We’ve been campaigning for fixed speed-cameras and solar-powered flashing orange lights surrounding all school-zones for years (PCA Media Release of 3 April 2002 entitled ‘PCA Calls on NSW Govt to Install Fixed Speed Cameras and Flashing Orange Lights Around All School Zones’ attached) and it is most gratifying and encouraging that the NSW Government is listening and taking such decisive action.

“The tougher demerit point regime and loss of licence for high range speeding offences will undoubtedly save lives and limbs. This is evidence that this government is committed to reducing the road toll and getting dangerous drivers off our roads.”

“But there are three additional initiatives we are still calling for:


  • It is estimated that there are currently 7% of motorists driving unlicensed on our roads. This group of miscreants is up to eight times more likely to be involved in future crashes. These new and tougher measures will increase these outrageous and utterly unacceptable statistics. The PCA calls on the government to ‘get tough’ and immediately embrace the NZ system, whereby persons caught driving unlicensed have their vehicles confiscated on-the-spot. The system is outsourced and vehicles are not returned until all fines are paid and the owners licensed.


  • The times that school zones are in operation throughout the state are confusing and remembered by few. Schoolchildren leave schools throughout the day for a variety of reasons including excursions, sport, illness etc.. We call upon the government to extend the times from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM along with an advertising and promotion campaign entitled: ‘7 to 5 – ensure they survive’.


  • Technology now exists which incorporates both speed and red-light cameras. It exists in Victoria. Many schools have traffic light controlled pedestrian crossings. A significant number of motorists accelerate and speed through both the amber and red lights. This new technology issues both speeding and red light tickets at these locations. Trials have proven substantial decreases in speeding and red-light running and would be a major safety initiative, particularly around schools where children do not have the experience or road-crossing skills of adults. The PCA calls on the NSW Government to introduce this technology in NSW as soon as possible.” Mr Scruby said.


Further information:
PCA Calls NSW Govt to Install Fixed Speed Cameras
School Zones
THE HON CARL SCULLY MP

Minister for Transport

Minister for Roads


MEDIA RELEASE



Wednesday 23 October 2002


TRIAL OF SPEED CAMERAS, FLASHING LIGHTS AND POLICE PATROLS FOR SCHOOLS

The Minister for Roads, Mr Carl Scully, today announced 10 schools that will be part of a trial of fixed speed cameras to operate during 40 km/h school zone hours in NSW.

The Minister also announced another 11 schools where flashing warning lights will be installed as part of the school safety trial proposed in August, and a further 65 schools that will be targeted by police for speed zone enforcement as part of the $1.5 million program.

Mr Scully announced St Catherine Laboure School at Gymea will be the first school to be fitted with a speed camera under the trial and will also be targeted for increased police enforcement.

“Each school in the trial will receive a dedicated camera, superseding the original proposal to share three cameras among the sites on a rotational basis,” Mr Scully said.

“This will give all 10 schools full coverage throughout the trial and provide the RTA with more detailed data about the effectiveness,” Mr Scully said.

“The schools in the trial were selected according to a number of criteria including traffic volumes of around 20,000 vehicles per day, the level of pedestrian use and accident history,” Mr Scully said.

The criteria for selecting sites for the trial of flashing lights included a speed limit of at least 70 km/h, significant pedestrian activity; problems relating to child pedestrians significant traffic volume and poor sight distance of the school for motorists.

The RTA has commenced planning for the installation of the speed cameras, with contracts for their construction to be let soon.

All cameras in the trial are expected to be operational early in Term 1 next year, with the trial taking at least six months followed by an evaluation of their effectiveness.

As part of the evaluation the RTA will conduct speed surveys at selected schools to compare driver behaviour before and after the introduction of safety measures.

A list of the 85 schools selected for trial safety measures is attached.

Media contact: Phillip Kelly (02) 9228 4455 or 0419 411 218
SCHOOL SAFETY TRIAL

September 2002


Schools selected to be fitted with fixed speed cameras*:

1. St Patrick’s Primary School (Princes Highway, Kogarah)
2. Middle Harbour Public School (Macpherson Street, Mosman)
3. St Catherine Labore School (President Avenue, Gymea)
4. Epping West Public School (Carlingford Road, Epping)
5. Woy Woy Public School (Blackwall Road, Woy Woy)
6. Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School (Henry Parry Drive, Wyoming)
7. Ourimbah Public School (Pacific Highway, Ourimbah)
8. Woy Woy South Public School (Ocean Beach Road, Woy Woy)
9. Fairy Meadow Public School (Balgownie Road, Fairy Meadow)
10. Illawarra Grammar School (Crown Street, Wollongong)



Schools selected to be fitted with flashing lights:


1. Chatham Public School (Chatham Avenue, Taree)
2. Tomaree Public School (Salamander Way, Salamander Bay)
3. Holmwood Public School (Cowra-Carcoar Road, Cowra)
4. Holbrook Public School (Hume Highway, Holbrook)/St Patrick’s Primary School (Hume Highway, Holbrook)
5. Bredbo Public School (Monaro Highway, Bredbo)
6. Helensburgh Public School (Parkes Street, Helensburgh)
7. Mt Terry Public School (Ashburton St, Albion Park)
8. Edmund Rice College (Mount Keira Road, Wollongong)
9. Blaxland Public School (Great Western Highway, Blaxland)
10. Dundas Public School (Kissing Point Road, Oatlands)



Schools selected for increased speed zone enforcement by police:


Hunter/ Central Coast - Medowie Christian School; Williamtown Public School; Raymond Terrace Public School; Kearsley Public School; Arcadia Vale Public School; Bonnell's Bay Public School; Boolaroo Public School; Marks Point Primary School; Speers Point Public School; Wangi Wangi Public School; Muswellbrook South Public School; St Joseph’s Primary School Merewether; Tuggerah Public School.

Southern NSW - Batemans Bay Public School; Goulburn East Public School; Goulburn Public School; Goulburn South Public School; St Josephs Primary School Goulburn; Jamberoo Public School; Sunshine Bay Public School Batehaven.

Illawarra - Fairy Meadow Public School; Farmborough Road Public School Unanderra; Sule College Shellharbour; Towradgi Public School; Thirroul Public School; Barrack Heights Public School; St John Vianney’s Primary School Fairy Meadow; Thirlmere Public School; Warilla Public School; Coledale Public School.

South Western NSW - Hanwood Public School; South Wagga Wagga Public School; St Patrick’s Primary School Albury.

Western NSW - South Bathurst Public School; Wilcannia Central School; Nashdale Public School; Holmwood Public School Cowra; St Matthew’s Central School Mudgee

Northern NSW - Port Macquarie Public School; Goonellabah Public School Lismore; Ulmarra Public School; Westdale Public School Tamworth.

Sydney - All Saints Primary School Liverpool; Arcadia Public School; Bankstown North Public School; Christ the King Primary School Yagoona; All Saints Greek Orthodox Grammar School Belmore; Bert Oldfield Public School Seven Hills; Blacktown North Public School; Blacktown South Public School; Boronia Park Public School Gladesville; Canley Heights Public School; Guildford West Public School; St Andrews School Malabar; St Catherine Laboure Primary School Gymea Bay; Miranda North Public School; Trinity Grammar Prep School Strathfield; Winston Heights Public School Winston Hills; Blairmount Public School Claymore; St Johns Park Primary School; Bidwill Public School; St Joan of Arc Primary School Haberfield; Mulgoa Public School; Pagewood Public School; Manly Village Public School.

THE HON CARL SCULLY MP

Minister for Transport

Minister for Roads


MEDIA RELEASE



Wednesday 23 October 2002


PACKAGE TO TARGET SPEEDING DRIVERS


The State Government today responded to the increased road toll with a package of measures aimed at speeding drivers.

The Minister for Roads, Mr Carl Scully, said the package included new penalties including longer suspensions and an increase in demerit points.

Mr Scully also announced a list of schools to be targeted under the recently proposed trial of speed cameras and flashing lights in school zones.

The package includes a new proposal to increase the capacity of fixed speed cameras by converting many existing cameras so they can detect speeding drivers in both directions.

Mr Scully said the package was a response to the 2002 road toll which currently stands at 466, with 56 more deaths than at the same time last year.

“I am extremely concerned by this acceleration in the road toll, which goes against last year’s record lowest road toll in 50 years,” Mr Scully said.

“Speeding is the number one risk factor in NSW road deaths and has been a contributing factor in 45 per cent of deaths this year - two per cent more than in 2001.

In the nine months to the end of September:


  • There were 187 road deaths in NSW related to excessive speed, compared with 155 at the same time last year. This 20 per cent increase represents the largest growth of any crash risk factor for the year.


  • The number of speed-related deaths rose in most areas of the State, especially the Hunter (up from 26 to 40 deaths), southern NSW (up from19 to 24), the south west (up from 11 to 21) and western NSW (up from 19 to 29).


  • Speed-related deaths are a particular problem in country areas, with speeding deaths doubling from 20 this time last year to 39 in regional urban locations alone.




Mr Scully said it was clear that more action needed to be taken to address speeding as an issue.

“We are approaching the 20th anniversary of the introduction of random breath testing in NSW. After 20 years, drink driving deaths have been reduced and alcohol is a less common risk factor than it was in 1982.

“We need to tackle the problem of speeding with the same determination to try to convince the community that speeding is a real problem that results in far too many tragedies on our roads.”

The package includes:


  • Two demerit points to apply for speeding up to 15 km/h over the speed limit, doubling the existing penalty.


  • Increased suspension periods for speeding 31-45 km/h over the limit from one to three months and more than 45 km/h over the limit from three to six months.


  • A trial in the NSW Police Northern Region of automatic court appearances for speeding offences of 45km/h or more over the limit including speed camera offences. This would count as a strike towards the Habitual Offenders Scheme which disqualifies drivers for five years.


  • A new automatic one-month suspension for any driver caught travelling at 130 km/h, regardless of the posted speed limit. This will apply in any case not covered by existing suspensions.


  • Commencement of a trial of speed cameras in 10 school zones (see related release for details of the selected schools) and other safety measures for a further 76 schools.


  • A $4.5 million strategy to address accidents on the Pacific Highway, which remains the worst major road for fatalities despite $2.2 billion in State and federal investment over the past seven years. This includes additional speed cameras, rest areas, warning signs and the construction of 4 new enforcement bays for police to conduct speed camera operations (see related release for details).




Mr Scully said all 100 speed cameras promised for NSW would be operational by the end of the year, with most cameras approved in recent months located in regional areas where the road toll has been highest in 2002.

“About 50 per cent of all speed cameras either approved or installed are now outside Sydney,” Mr Scully said.

“Following the two crashes at Kangaroo Valley and Tahmoor which claimed the lives of nine young people, I have also asked the RTA to review graduated licensing and other issues related to young drivers to see if there is more which needs to be done in this area,” Mr Scully said.

Today’s package follows the launch of the first-ever road safety campaign involving Australia’s elite cricketers, with the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues cricket team sponsored by the RTA as road safety ambassadors.

Media contact: Phillip Kelly (02) 9228 4455 or 0419 411 218