New point-to-point speed cameras will be rolled out across major Sydney roadways and tunnels as part of a new road safety plan.
The cameras, which measure average speeds over distances, will be recording drivers over lengthy stretches throughout Sydney, according to 7 News. One of the point-to-point cameras stretches for a length of 40km.
Drivers caught speeding in the new zones will face fines and demerit points, which will be handed out in the coming months when the cameras become active.
Drivers are monitored by the cameras calculating the time it takes to travel between the two cameras. If the time recorded averages over the speed limit, an incident will be recorded.
Tara McCarthy, the Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary for Safety, Environment and Regulation said the cameras have been proven to save lives.
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“In the 25 regional locations where average speed cameras are currently operating there has been a 44 per cent reduction in deaths from crashes involving heavy vehicles,” she said.
“They are now being installed on motorways and in tunnels across the Sydney metropolitan area in response to the increase in heavy vehicle movements across Sydney.
“Speeding is the biggest cause of crashes on NSW roads and the consequences of a crash involving a speeding heavy vehicle will be much more serious because of their size and weight.”
There are already point to point cameras installed on the M8 WestConnex Tunnel between St Peters and Kingsgrove.
The new average speed safety cameras will be installed the following locations:
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Many of the cameras will begin operating by the end of 2020. The cameras that aren’t in tunnels will operate in warning mode for the first two months of their operation. This means users caught speeding will get a warning letter instead of a fine. The warning period in tunnels will last just one month.
Fines and demerits will be issued once the warning period is over.
The cameras are being installed as part of the NSW Government’s Road Safety Plan 2021.