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Speedster caught every 60 seconds

Mosman Daily

Thursday 11 September 2003
 

by ADAM FERRIS

ONE motorist every minute is caught speeding outside Middle Harbour Public School during school hours, new figures show.

The fixed digital speed camera in Macpherson St has booked 4689 motorists in five weeks.
RTA figures revealed the camera snapped a speeding motorist on average once a minute during school hours.

Middle Harbour Public School principal Ann Melloh said she was "horrified at the lack of responsibility of motorists" outside the school.

"I'm shocked at those statistics of one a minute," she said Ms Melloh said "good luck
rather than responsible behaviour" had prevented serious accidents. She said motorists continued to tan red lights at the crossing near the school entrance in Macpherson St.

Ms Melloh called for orange flashing lights to be installed to warn motorists of the speed cameras and speed limits. She also said plans to install pedestrian barriers should be expedited to prevent children running on to the road.

"We're asking for pedestrian barriers because it is such a busy road," Ms Melloh said.
Pedestrian Council chairman Harold Scruby, who led the campaign for both the installation of the 40km/h zone and speed camera outside Middle Harbour Public School, said the figures highlighted

the need for "speed cameras outside every school ... and flashing orange lights around every school zone if we are serious about protecting our most important asset - children".

"The orange lights would come on when the school zones are operating," Mr Scruby said.
"They would be powered by solar panels".

He said tougher penalties were also needed for speeding motorists, with anyone driving more than 30km/h over the speed limit to lose their licence after three months and forced to re-sit their licence test.

"Experts estimate that up to 7 per cent of drivers on our roads are unlicensed," Mr Scruby said. "I think anyone caught driving unlicensed should lose their car, as in
New Zealand." Mr Scruby said he expected pedestrian barriers to be installed outside the Middle Harbour Public School in the "near future".

A 40km/h limit has been imposed outside the school between 8am and 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm on school days. A 50km/h limit exists at other times.

Motorists caught speeding outside the school have been issued with fines and demerit points since June 11.

The camera was installed in January as part of a trial aimed at improving road safety in school zones.

Before June, motorists detected speeding by the camera were sent warning letters.