Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    New fixed speed cameras for Perth freeways (Video)

    15/12/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Trial to start next week on Mitchell Freeway
    • Fixed cameras recommended by Professor Max Cameron to slow down motorists
    Western Australia’s first fixed speed camera will be installed this week on the Mitchell Freeway in a bid to slow down speeding motorists and reduce the State’s road toll.

    Police and Road Safety Minister Rob Johnson said the fixed camera would be placed northbound near the Karrinyup Road exit, with warning signs placed on the freeway and on ramps prior to the camera site.

    Mr Johnson said the site had been chosen as there had been four fatal and two critical injury speed-related crashes in the area between 2006 and 2010.  

    “Speed camera operations in this area detected 18 per cent of vehicles exceeding the speed limit between August and December 2011,” the Minister said.

    “It is recognised nationally and worldwide that the use of fixed cameras, combined with mobile and red light speed cameras, is one of the most effective ways of reducing the level of speed-related crashes.

    “In line with WA’s 12-year road safety strategy Towards Zero, WA Police will be rolling out a total of six fixed speed cameras as part of the next phase of the State Government’s $30million speed enhancement program.

    “These cameras will complement the additional motorcycle police patrols on Perth’s freeways and main arterial roads and ensure motorists drive at safe speeds to reduce the risk of serious and fatal crashes.”

    Mr Johnson said any motorist who wanted to ignore the new fixed cameras would be financially contributing to the Road Trauma Trust Account (RTTA), which currently receives two-thirds of all revenue raised from speed and red light camera infringements.

    From July next year, the RTTA will receive 100 per cent of all camera revenue.

          Fact File
    • There will be no new cameras purchased for the project, only new cabinets from which the current fleet of mobile cameras can operate from intermittently
    • Both single or dual cameras can be operated from these fixed sites to allow both front and rear images to be captured of the same vehicle, which will ensure motorcycle rear plates are also captured
    • The installation of the six fixed cabinets is expected to be completed by June 2012
    Minister's office - 9222 9211