Another $$ "Speeding Initiative" $$
Traffic light cameras to hit speeders
By Andrew Heasley, Richard Baker
May 9 2002
Motorists who speed through a red light will be fined for two offences after the introduction of 50 new high-tech cameras across Melbourne.
The flashless cameras can record two offences at once: drivers who speed through an intersection, even on a green light; and those running red lights. This means motorists could face fines of at least $325 if they commit both offences.
The digital "red light-green light" cameras will be installed at secret locations, predominantly black spot intersections and could be operating in three to four months. They are expected to contribute to an 84.8 per cent rise in traffic fine revenue forecast in Tuesday's state budget. This revenue is expected to grow by $156 million to $336.6 million in the next financial year. The number of fines is expected to rise from 903,000 to 1.7 million.
Premier Steve Bracks yesterday urged motorists to be cautious when approaching traffic lights, saying they should stop at amber lights rather than speed to cross the intersection.
But opposition transport spokesman Geoff Leigh predicted more rear-end crashes as motorists brake sharply when lights turn amber.
The government announced $6 million for the new cameras in Tuesday's budget. They will be set to tolerate motorists exceeding the speed limit by only 3kmh.
Mr Bracks denied the government was unfairly trapping motorists by installing speed cameras at traffic lights. "My plea to motorists is to not pay the fines. And they can not pay the fines by not speeding. It's very, very simple," he said. "Obviously people are going to get fined until they stop speeding."
Victoria Police assistant commissioner for traffic operations Ray Shuey said the new cameras should slow traffic through intersections.
He said 2600 people were killed or seriously injured in more than 5000 crashes at traffic-light-controlled intersections in Victoria last year.
He expected an immediate 20 per cent drop in crashes when cameras are installed.
More than 50,000 motorists were booked running red lights last year, Mr Shuey said.
He commended Victoria's two million drivers who had not lost any licence demerit points. ''If they can drive at the normal speed and not go through red lights, why can't the rest of us?"
Most cameras would be at intersections in Melbourne's high-growth corridors and would not have warning signs, he said.
They had been tested last year and were used widely overseas and in Canberra, where they had cut deaths at intersections by more than 70 per cent and crashes by 36 per cent, he said.
Mr Leigh blasted the government for sinking bipartisan support for road safety measures and for turning police into tax collectors. He said motorists trying to clear wide intersections, such as those along the multi-lane highways, would be unfairly fined.
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