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Smile and slow down for more point-to-point cameras

Canberra drivers have been warned that point-to-point speed cameras will begin operating on Athllon Drive next Friday.

The controversial camera system will operated between Beasley Street in Mawson and Drakeford Drive in Tuggeranong.

Point-to-point speed cameras already operate on Hindmarsh Drive.

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell said national statistics had identified speeding as a major factor in about 30 per cent of crashes.

"ACT crash data shows there were 568 crashes on the Athllon Drive corridor from Beasley Street to Drakeford Drive, including crashes at the intersections with those roads, between 2008 and 2012," Mr Corbell said.

"This included 40 crashes where people were injured."

The camera sites were chosen based on a forward design study and advice from an independent engineering consultant, who applied a 50:50 weighting of safety and traffic factors

The system catches speeding drivers by recording the time when they enter and leave a stretch of road to determine an average speed.

Early testing of the Athllon Drive cameras, which cover a 3.8-kilometre stretch of road, detected some high speeds.

One driver was travelling northbound at an average speed of 116km/h and another was travelling southbound at an average 103km/h.

The speed limit is 80km/h.

NRMA director Alan Evans has expressed concern about the placement of point-to-point cameras on Athllon Drive.

Mr Evans said the presence of the cameras could cause drivers to slow down at main roundabouts and then fail to drive to conditions as they sought to maintain an average speed.

Mr Evans said with two main roundabouts on the stretch between Drakeford Drive and Beasley Street, the presence of cameras see drivers slow down at roundabouts, then fail to drive to conditions as they sought to maintain an average speed.

3 comments so far

  • "The camera sites were chosen based on a forward design study and advice from an independent engineering consultant...",

    Can we have the name of this muppet published so that he and his company are never used by the ACT Government again? While we are at it, can we have the names of the ACT Government public servants that supported this brain dead decision published as well? We already know the Minister responsible so why not everyone else?

    Can we also have the number of crashes that occured at the two roundabouts published please? Maybe even broken down for vehicles travelling East- West which won't be affected by the P2P cameras?

    Can we also have the number of single vehicle accidents involving kangaroos published as well?

    Simon Corbell should actually get of his bike and drive this stretch of road. Unbelievable. Total waste of money and resources.

    Commenter
    BBA
    Location
    BAnks
    Date and time
    August 30, 2013, 3:26PM
    • I think you will find the two quoted speed incidents were replicated in the first P2P installation. People trying it on and not an accurate reflection of traffic flows. Nevertheless, pads out a press release.

      Commenter
      Outraged of Palmerston
      Date and time
      August 30, 2013, 4:46PM
      • I'm not sure why point to point cameras are so controversial, given that they're a lot fairer than fixed speed cameras, where only briefly exceeding the speed limit can result in a fine.
        In fact, a good idea would be to replace all fixed speed cameras with point to point cameras, with a tolerance of 10 kmh over so that drivers aren't continually staring at their speedometers rather than the road..

        Commenter
        Richard
        Date and time
        August 30, 2013, 5:07PM

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