Pedestrian Council of
Thursday 4 January 2007
Speed Camera Scandal
FoI Data Prove NSW Speed Camera System Must Become Covert
The Chairman of the PCA, Harold Scruby said: “An FoI recently obtained by the PCA (copy attached) has demonstrated conclusively that the NSW Government must move immediately to a covert system of speed camera enforcement, as in
“At the Country Road Safety Summit in Port Macquarie in 2004, it was agreed the RTA would undertake a trial of unmarked vehicles equipped with Mobile Speed Cameras to catch speeding truck drivers. The trial was an overwhelming success. However, instead of expanding the system, it was soon stopped by the NSW Police Association due to concerns its members might lose jobs. As a result, in NSW, highly trained and skilled police officers continue to robotically sit in their vehicles, while their Victorian counterparts are out on the beat.
“This is another scandal equivalent to the recent red-light camera debacle. This is the same government which in 1995 committed to provide NSW with the safest roads in the world by 2000 and fewer than 500 deaths per annum. By the end of 2006, it has still failed to meet this pledge.
“The Australian Transport Council’s National Road Safety Action Plan for 2007 & 2008 states: ‘Improvements in speed management have generally been incremental since 2000, but in
“In a comprehensive study published in June 2003 by the renowned Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), it was reported: ‘Following the full implementation of the mobile speed camera program (including supporting mass media publicity), statistically significant reductions in low alcohol hour casualty crashes were found across arterial roads in
Mr Scruby added: “The NSW Government must immediately make the entire speed camera enforcement system covert, along with an awareness program akin to the Victorian campaign: ‘If you speed, you will be caught, anywhere, anytime …’ It must also significantly expand and outsource the Mobile Speed Camera system to the RTA or private contractors. The revenue must be hypothecated to allow for the continuing expansion, upgrading and maintenance of the system throughout the state. This will also permit valuable police officers to get back on the beat, where they belong. And significantly reduce the NSW road toll.
Contact: Harold Scruby – (02) 9968-4555 or (0418) 110-011
This is also published at: www.walk.com.au –
SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR THE STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS OF THE SAFETY CAMERA PROGRAM IN