New red-light speed camera to be turned on this Friday

The intersection of the Great Western Highway and Werrington Road. Photo: Megan Dunn.
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A new red-light speed camera will be installed on the Great Western Highway at the intersection of Werrington Road.

Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary for Safety, Environment and Regulation, Tara McCarthy said the new camera will target red-light running and speeding from Friday, May 22 to improve safety for all road users.

“We know that running red lights can lead to serious T-bone crashes or vehicles crashing into pedestrians,” Ms McCarthy said.

“Around 60 per cent of red-light speed camera offences are from people running red lights so we are addressing this problem head-on.”

In the five years from 2014 to 2018, 14 crashes occurred at this intersection and 13 people were injured, two seriously.

“Preliminary data shows road crashes claimed the lives of 352 people on NSW roads last year with speed the biggest killer and these red light speed cameras will help to reduce risk in Claremont Meadows,” Ms McCarthy said.

“The new camera will help to improve road safety at this busy intersection in Claremont Meadows. The Great Western Highway is an important commuter and freight route. A mix of heavy vehicles, buses, light commercial vehicles, passenger cars and pedestrians use this intersection every day.

“The 2018 NSW speed camera review found fatal and serious injury crashes fell by more than a third at red-light speed camera locations, and pedestrian casualties fell by nearly half.”

The new camera will operate in warning mode for one month during which time drivers caught speeding or running red lights will be sent a warning letter to encourage them to change their behaviour. Fines and demerit points will be sent to offending drivers at the end of this period.

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