The Marshall Liberal Government is delivering on its commitment to conduct an audit of safety cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
“This audit will provide South Australians with greater transparency and confidence that fixed safety cameras are there for the right reasons in the right locations,” said Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services Corey Wingard.
“The audit will examine if fixed safety cameras have been located in areas with the greatest road safety risk and whether they have reduced speeding and the number and severity of road crashes.
“It will also examine the protocols and processes used by the South Australia Police to identify the deployment of mobile safety cameras.
“We want to improve road safety outcomes in South Australia, because any death or injury on our roads is one too many.
“Speed is so often a factor – in 2017, excess or inappropriate travel speed was a contributing factor in 25 per cent of fatal crashes in South Australia.
“Even where speed doesn’t directly cause a crash, the severity of a resulting injury is directly linked to the impact speed.
“Enforcement is a highly effective way of reducing the incidence of speeding, and that’s why this audit will focus on the locations of speed cameras and the numbers of crashes in these locations.
“We’re also addressing the public perception that some saftey cameras are there to raise revenue and ensure South Australians that these cameras are in strategic locations to keep road users safe.
“The audit will be completed by an independent road safety consultant who will work with the University of Adelaide and the Centre for Automotive Safety Research to review South Australia’s overall fixed safety camera program.
“They will then produce a safety camera audit report with recommendations for any improvements that enhance road safety outcomes which will be released publicly.
“The consultant will work with key road safety stakeholders such as SAPOL, the MAC and the RAA to ensure there is a shared vision of speed management for South Australia.
“The State Government has also decided to delay the installation of the next ten safety cameras and include the proposed locations for the cameras in the audit.”
South Australians will have the opportunity to have their say on the audit the State Government’s Yoursay website: https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/speed-camera-audit