The NSW government is contemplating removing all warning signs for speed cameras across the state.
Despite criticism of revenue raising, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has indicated that removing the signs is primarily about saving lives.
In 2018, the NSW Auditor General reported that the use of warning signs for mobile speed cameras had reduced their effectiveness in deterring speeding. With the road toll increasing, Mr Constance believes the threat of a speed camera should be the same as that of a random breath test in order to properly deter people from speeding.
The NSW Government has already firmly indicated that it will not place warning signs ahead of new mobile phone use detection cameras.
NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury has criticised the removal of signs, noting that camera warnings in locations with a crash history give motorists an opportunity to slow down. Mr Khoury stressed that warning signs were important because they make people change their behaviour behind the wheel, “not three weeks later when they get a fine in the mail”. The latest review of NSW cameras has indicated that fixed speed cameras have reduced fatalities by 80%. Therefore, it appears that even with warning signs, fixed speed cameras are fulfilling their stated purpose: to reduce the number of crashes at high risk locations.
Wondering where the fixed and mobile speed cameras are located in Newcastle? The NSW Centre for Road Safety currently publishes the locations of all speed cameras on its website.