The State Government has ignored a plea by NSW leader of The Nationals Andrew Stoner to save lives by boosting the presence of highway patrol police across NSW, including Dubbo.
Instead, a spokesperson for NSW Roads Minister David Borger defended the re-introduction in NSW of mobile speed cameras from July 19 that he said had reduced casualty crashes by more than 25 per cent in Queensland and Victoria.
Mr Stoner has criticised the Government for the inclusion in the State Budget of “a massive $137 million increase in fines”, calling it proof of revenue raising at the expense of road safety.
He said the Government should fix the “hundreds of accident black spots” on NSW roads and increase highway patrols.
“Highway patrol plays a crucial role in reducing the State’s road fatalities as they offer much more than a speed camera,” Mr Stoner said.
“As well as detecting speeding drivers, highway patrol officers will notice illegal actions, such as drivers doing U-turns over unbroken lines and not indicating when turning, and act as a highly visible reminder for motorists to drive safely.
“It is essential that mobile speed cameras operate alongside, rather than instead of, highway patrol.”
Mr Borger’s spokesperson said the mobile speed cameras were being reintroduced to “save lives”.
“Last year 213 people were killed in speeding-related crashes on NSW roads, which accounts for almost half of the 2009 road toll,” he said.
“These cameras are effective in reducing speed-related crashes across the entire network because people reduce their speed at all times, rather than only on the approach to a fixed camera.”
The RTA’s Centre for Road safety will determine where the cameras will be placed, in consultation with police and the NRMA.
“The locations will be chosen taking into account criteria such as the location and time of crashes, site suitability and police intelligence,” the spokesperson said.
He said a list of the mobile speed camera locations would be published on the RTA website.
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