The HUGE change coming to speed cameras that could leave millions at risk of copping $2,000 fines as drivers accuse the government of trying to rake in extra cash
- Speed camera warning signs at mobile cameras will be removed in NSW
- NSW is the only state with the warning signs advising motorists to slow down
- Government decided to remove signs to slow drivers down and save lives
Speed camera warning signs at mobile sites will be removed in New South Wales as part of a state-wide crackdown.
Millions of motorists in the state are warned every day about the presence of the cameras in order to give them enough time to slow down to a safe speed.
But the government has now decided to remove signs which are stationed 250m and 50m in advance of mobile speed cameras.
It claims this will further deter speeding drivers.
The signs will be removed over the next 12 months, leaving thousands of motorists at risk of copping fines of up to $2,530.
Speed camera warning signs at mobile camera sites will be removed in New South Wales as part of a state-wide crackdown (pictured, an example sign)
The decision comes after unmarked mobile phone detection cameras decreased the number of drivers caught using their phones behind the wheel.
Figures from NSW Transport show one in every 82 drivers were spotted using their phones while driving before the cameras were installed.
That figure has now dropped to one in every 454.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the decision was about saving lives, not revenue collection.
‘No warnings signs mean you can be caught anywhere, any time and we want that same culture around mobile speed cameras,’ he said.
‘This is about changing culture and changing behaviour.’
But furious drivers took to social media accusing the government of trying to make money from the changes.
‘He has to attempt to fix all his budget blowouts somehow,’ one man wrote.
‘Revenue raising at its finest,’ wrote another.
The signs will be removed over the next 12 months, leaving thousands of motorists at risk of copping fines of up to $2,530 (Pictured: A mobile speed camera)
But others thought the move made sense.
‘Getting rid of the signs finally, should have done it years ago. The amount of cars that slow down and then speed up are ridiculous. Stop complaining and don’t speed,’ one wrote.
‘I have always thought it was very strange that you would tell people to slow down as there was a speed camera coming up, but you can speed up again afterwards. What a waste of resources,’ another wrote.
The signs are not in place in any other state, but are often seen overseas.
Independent modelling by the Monash University Accident Research Centre shows 34 to 43 lives could be saved by removing the warning signs.
Millions of motorists in the state are warned every day about the presence of speed cameras, in order to give them time to slow down (Pictured: A police officer with a speed camera)
The change also has the potential to prevent around 600 serious injuries in NSW each year.
Warning signs for fixed speed cameras, where there are black spots or high risk stretches of road, will remain.
Motorists caught on high range drink driving with drugs in their system will also face harsher penalties from next year following the sweeping reforms.
Penalties are up to $11,000 and three years in prison for their second and subsequent offences.
The combined offence is expected to make it easier for judges to penalise drunk and drugged drivers, rather than dealing with the charges separately.