Pedestrian Council of
Safety – Amenity – Access – Health
Speeding in NSW Schoolzones is
Unenforced & Unenforceable
Highway Patrol Officers Each Average
Half a Ticket Per Month in Schoolzones
The PCA recently received the results of its latest FoI regarding schoolzone speeding offences in July and August 2009.
The Chairman of the PCA, Harold Scruby said: “The data provided for July and August 2009 prove that the only Primary Schools where there is any effective enforcement is at the 79 locations where the RTA has installed fixed speed cameras. Police enforcement in the remaining 9,932 zones in NSW is virtually non-existent. Highway Patrol officers each average half a ticket per month in NSW schoolzones. Fixed cameras (where there are 3 warning signs and flashing lights) booked an average of 257 motorists per location. Shackled by WorkCover regulations, in the same 2-month period, NSW Police only booked an average of 0.12 motorists in each of the remaining schoolzones (where there are no warnings or flashing lights). Again, as the FoI proves, the chances of being booked by police in a NSW schoolzone are virtually nil:
“The questions the NSW Government must answer are as follows:
Mr Scruby added: “The NSW Road Toll is up 30% on last year. The RTA’s own data states that ‘excessive speed as a factor in fatal crashes is now up over 20% over the preceding 3 years’.
“At the RTA’s “Policing and Education Conference last week”, leading guest speaker, Deputy Commissioner of Victoria Police, Ken Lay, stated that mobile speed cameras were a ‘vital and integral part of their road safety enforcement program’. He also said that the Victorian Government had just approved funding to increase the number of hours of operation of mobile speed cameras by 30%.
“Speeding is out of control in NSW and all the authorities know it. But they are forced to keep parroting ‘the high visibility policing’ ruse knowing full well that the only way to address the speeding epidemic is with a fleet of ‘low visibility’ digital mobile speed cameras, as in each and every other jurisdiction in Australia.
“Meanwhile the NSW Government refuses to answer any of the above questions and has clearly decided to trade lives for votes in the lead up to the next election. This is not a criticism of NSW Police who have no choice but to do their best with grossly inefficient and ineffective technology. It’s a serious indictment of a dithering government which appears to care more about appeasing the shock-jocks and the NRMA than the safety of the people of NSW.” Mr Scruby said.
Contact: Harold Scruby - (0418) 110-011