RTA picks mobile speed camera locations

Six white Ford Territory cars will be deployed in any of 151 possible locations from Monday 19 July

The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) will begin deploying six mobile speed cameras in any of 151 possible locations from Monday, 19 July.

Former State roads and transport minister, David Campbell, first announced the reintroduction of mobile speed cameras in March, as part of a $170 million road safety campaign. NSW budget papers for the 2010/2011 financial year estimated driving fines would rise by up to $137 million.

The new digital speed cameras will be deployed across any six of the locations shortlisted by the RTA, which were chosen based on previous NSW Police Force criteria for mobile speed camera enforcement, as well as the number of crashes at the site during the 2006-2008 period.

The locations cover key areas on Sydney wider metropolitan roads, including the Hume Highway, Pacific Highway and Parramatta Road, but could be deployed in areas where as little as three vehicle crashes took place during the two year period. Further mobile speed camera locations may be added to the existing list once the RTA has completed compiling crash data for 2009.

The cameras are believed to operate in unmanned white Ford Territory cars, and will be capable of catching up to six cars a second for speeding. The cameras will be bi-directional and capable of snapping speeding cars in up to six lanes, or three lanes in each way. They will use an infra-red flash, so drivers will not be made aware of being caught until they receive a notice.

A one-month grace period applies from the beginning of deployment, during which motorists caught speeding by a mobile speed camera receive a warning but no infringement.

The cameras are operated by ASX-listed Redflex Holdings (ASX:RDF), which holds key speed and red light camera deployments across the world, including a 25-location, $7 million red light camera deployment in Victoria announced in October last year.

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