Sydney’s cheapest camera has caught the attention of many motorists in recent months, with the government suspending penalties and reporting $ 1.5 million a month in fines.
The dual red light and speed cameras at the corners of Darlinghurst’s Oxford and Crown streets have become Sydney’s most hated cameras, even after a simple speed limit change.
On June 5, 2020, the NSW government changed the speed limit between Oxford St. College, Taylor Square at College St., Suri Hills and Darlinghurst from 50 km / h to 40 km / h.
According to the Transportation NSW, this was done to provide a safe environment for locals to walk, cycle and ride as a local antidote to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Signage for change was installed the night before, and the area’s fast cameras were in “alarm mode” for a month, meaning drivers were given a grace period before they were fined and received a warning letter if they drove too fast. A red light.
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At the end of the grace period, motorists appeared to be heading east at a frightening speed with the camera.
For the fiscal year 2020-2021, these speed cameras also issued 36,727 penalty notices, resulting in more than $ 6 million in revenue. The red light camera captured 577 people and grossed over $ 300,000.
September is the cheapest month for the camera, with fines ranging from 9110 to nearly $ 1.5 million, with more than 300 drivers being caught every day.
This figure is higher than the number reported in the 2019-2020 financial year. Before the speed limit was changed, the same camera recorded 3518 speed shots and was fined $ 613,524.
The increase in ties was so great that the NSW government decided to turn east-facing cameras into a warning mode, and officials also added a variable message sign to warn drivers to slow down and add speed zone numbers in the road zone. .
Residents in the area are less impressed with the speed limit change, and many claim signals are hard to see.
“So I wasn’t thinking – this has changed. I was caught several times because the mark was not visible and the difference between 50 and 40 was completely hidden from us, ”said one social media user.
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The COVID-19 lock reduced the driving time without warning. I have been driving that route for over a decade. A few polite gestures / reminders would be totally justified, ”said another.
One added: “I was fined one of them. I did not see a 40 mark on it. I was driving in the right lane. ”
Other social media users say they constantly see the camera catching speeding drivers.
“I was eating at a restaurant at the end of this lane last week. Monday at 10 p.m. During my 40-minute stay there, I saw five cameras. That part of the road with a 40 speed limit is a matter of bloody humor.
Another said the camera was “off every minute of Friday night.”
Bernard Cullen, director of the Center for Road Safety at NSW, said the number of road deaths has risen sharply throughout the epidemic.
About 41 percent of fatal deaths on NSW roads occur rapidly. ”
He said, “By 2020, 139 people (47 per cent of the number of roads) on NSW roads will be killed due to excessive driving.”
Transportation NSW regularly reviews speed cameras across the state, and as recently demonstrated, fatal accidents and accidents at fixed speed camera locations have been reduced, Mr. Carlon said.
“This includes a 32% reduction in accidents, an 80% reduction in fatalities, and a 37% reduction in injuries at fixed speed camera locations.”
“Studies have shown that traveling at a speed of 5 km / h at a speed of 60 km / h doubles the risk of at least one person being killed or injured.
“Speed limits work for a reason – people should never exceed them.”