Speed cameras for suburban streets. Picture: Astrid Volzke
Speed cameras for suburban streets. Picture: Astrid Volzke

Speed cameras could be used on suburban streets in a joint effort by police and local councils to target hoons who terrorise Perth neighbourhoods.

WA Local Government Association president Troy Pickard said the new strategy would involve councils giving police local area traffic data so speed cameras could be put in streets most plagued by reckless drivers.

Police currently put cameras mainly on busy roads and highways but its collaboration with councils could result in cameras being used more in suburbs.

Mr Pickard said councils would be encouraged from the second half of this year to send data on vehicle speeds to police traffic intelligence services.

The police could then analyse the data to identify problem areas.

The list of streets with the worst speeding would be passed to the State traffic enforcement group, which conducts mobile patrols, or to State traffic operations for "speed camera deployment to be considered".

Speed cameras are rarely used in suburban streets because they do not fit the police force's criteria for placement. These are for school zones, roads with high levels of hoon driving, roads where more than 20 per cent of drivers speed and in areas and at the times linked to speed-related crashes.

Mr Pickard, who previously complained about the lack of speed enforcement on suburban streets, said the data from councils would come from vehicle count monitors.

The strips, which are laid across the road, record the volume and speed of traffic.

"We anticipate that this data will help the State in its allocation of resources to combat speeding on the local road network," he said.

The strategy was a key recommendation of a report from Curtin Monash Accident Research Centre on how WALGA could best work with police to reduce speeding on local streets.

Police Minister Rob Johnson said he hoped many councils would take part in the plan.

"Road safety is a shared responsibility and I welcome any initiative between police and local government that will reduce speed on our roads," he said.

Police would not comment on the strategy.

The West Australian

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