Green light for speed cameras on Athllon Drive
Average speed cameras have commenced on Hindmarsh Drive. Photo: Melissa Adams
Canberra's second point-to-point speed camera system - on Athllon Drive between Tuggeranong and south Woden - will be announced today.
And transport authorities are claiming there's been a dramatic impact on speeding drivers from the city's first point-to-point camera system. The ACT government says the capital's first point-to-point
cameras on Hindmarsh Drive, also in the city's south, has achieved a 56-fold reduction in rates of speeding on the busy road
But crash statistics for the Hindmarsh Drive camera site might not be available for up to two years.
The new camera-monitored stretch, on Athllon Drive between Drakeford Drive in Kambah and Beasley Street in Torrens, will be made public today with Justice and Community Safety officials saying they hope to have the cameras installed by the end of this year.
Transport Policy and Regulation executive director Karen Greenland said Parkes Way beside Black Mountain was the site that was preferred for the city's second point-to-point camera but major roadworks at the lakeside road had ruled it out in the medium term.
Ms Greenland said that she and her colleagues had been pleased with the ''pronounced'' impact of the Hindmarsh Drive site.
''The infringement rates at point-to-point sites are typically lower than at fixed sites, but having said that, the impact at that particular site has been quite pronounced,'' she said. ''As was publicised at the time, before the cameras went in, we were seeing 800 vehicles a day going through that would have generated infringements.
''I've checked with the camera office and they have told me that since the site commenced operation [on February 27] up until May 4, they'd issued just over 1000, so that's really averaging about 100 a week. From a road-safety perspective, that's got to be a success, getting that number of people to slow down and anecdotally, people who use that road on a regular basis report that it's a very different experience using it now than prior to the cameras' operation. I think there would be a lot of people who are grateful that they don't feel the pressure of the constant speed of vehicles on that road.''
But Ms Greenland said it might be up to two years before the safety impact of the Hindmarsh Drive camera could be assessed.
''I think you want to get a year or two of data under your belt, so a decision will be made about the point at which those cameras are evaluated from a crash impact point of view,'' she said.
Ms Greenland said 246 crashes had been recorded on the selected section of Athllon Drive between 2004 to 2008, including 24 injury crashes and one fatal crash, and that selection of point-to-point sites were based on a ''50:50 weighting'' of safety and traffic considerations.
''It is based 50 per cent on the safety issue, that is the crash history of the site, both in terms of injury crashes and fatality crashes,'' she said.
''Traffic factors is the other one, which relates to suitability of the site, the configuration of the road, where the site is in relation to other intersections and the volume of traffic, because the impact of cameras does influence people to reduce their speed.''