Mobile speed camera locations to double in one Aussie state

The announcement comes as NSW recorded significantly more road deaths than this time last year.

As the rate of motorists being killed on NSW roads skyrockets, eclipsing the total from this time last year, it's emerged that mobile speed detection camera sites will double across the state in a desperate bid to clamp down on the rate of accident-related fatalities.

A total of 2,700 new locations will be made available to operators over the next 12 months, to "allow for a well distributed presence" on the road network across the state "by reducing predictability and overuse of our existing active sites."

This week, NSW's road toll hit 106 deaths for the year so far, up from 90 for the same time last year, with 367 lives lost in the past 12 months, 89 more than the previous 12 months. Speaking to Yahoo News Australia, a Transport for NSW spokesperson said the almost new speed camera sites "will include analysis of potential locations that considers crash history".

A mobile speed detection sign is seen in front of white mobile detection vehicle.
Transport for NSW has awarded a contract for the scoping of 2,700 new Mobile Speed Camera sites across the state. Source: TfNSW

Mobile speed camera sites to double over the space of a year

"Transport for NSW has awarded a contract for the scoping of 2,700 new Mobile Speed Camera sites across the state following a competitive tender process," the spokesperson told Yahoo.

"There will be no increase in mobile speed camera enforcement hours, but cameras will be able to be deployed in 2,700 new sites across the state to reduce speeding more widely across the network.

"Currently, around 21,000 hours of enforcement are carried out by NSW’s Mobile Speed Camera Program each month and this will not change. There are currently 2,695 active Mobile Speed Camera sites available for operators to use for enforcement sessions."

The new mobile speed camera sites are expected to take one year and will include analysis of locations that considers crash history and "assessments of WHS and technical requirements", the spokesperson added.

What areas will host new speed camera sites

"Speed camera nominations from the public and other stakeholders such as local councils and the NSW Police Force will also be examined," the spokesperson said.

Mobile speed camera at Mona Vale Road, NSW, Australia.
The rollout of the new sites is expected to take a year. Source: Getty

"Once approved new sites will be published on the Centre for Road Safety’s website. Every active mobile speed camera session will continue to have two portable warning signs before the enforcement vehicle and one after it, as well as rooftop signage, making NSW Mobile Speed Cameras the most clearly marked in the world."

In 2018, the NSW Auditor-General recommended location numbers be increased with the existing static sites used having made “enforcement more predictable”.

Across the state, the vast majority of the new locations will be in Northern Sydney (475 sites), followed by the Hunter region (500), Western NSW (300), Northern NSW (400), Southern NSW (300), South Sydney (575) and southwest NSW (150).

Members of the community can nominate locations for speed cameras in NSW here.

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