Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety

    New average speed safety cameras to be switched on

    17/08/2017 10:15 AM
     
    • Mass media campaign warns Forrest Highway enforcement begins September 6, 2017
    • Two 27km zones (northbound and southbound) run between Lake Clifton and Binningup 

    Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts has launched an education campaign informing drivers that Western Australia's first Average Speed Safety Camera Zone (ASSCZ) begins enforcement next month.

     

    From Sunday, television, digital, radio and billboard advertisements will warn Western Australian drivers that they will be penalised if caught speeding within the Forrest Highway zone from September 6, 2017.

     

    The Average Speed Safety Camera system captures the registration number and the time when a vehicle passes through the entry and exit points of the zone, then calculates the average speed which is compared to the posted speed limit.

     

    Speeding drivers can also be detected speeding at the entry and exit points of the zone.

     

    A six-month test period of the technology at the Forrest Highway site found a statistically significant decrease in the mean and high-level speeds, as well as a 14 per cent improved compliance of the posted speed limit within the zone.

     

    Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:

     

    "The McGowan Government is committed to reducing road trauma on Western Australian roads, and speed is a significant factor in fatal and serious injury crashes in this State.

     

    "The Average Speed Safety Camera Zone on Forrest Highway is an effective way to slow drivers down and ultimately save lives.

     

    "This education campaign, which will include TV, radio, digital ads and billboards, begins two weeks prior to enforcement, and gives drivers plenty of notice if they speed on the Forrest Highway, they will be caught.

     

    "The Forrest Highway was chosen as the site for WA's first Average Speed Safety Camera Zone after analysis of crash data within the zone.

     

    "The cameras will be ready to begin enforcing when the ASSCZ legislation comes into effect on September 6."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6900