Technology supplier Redflex says the company have commissioned the first point to point speed cameras in South Australia. This follows four zones of Victoria’s Peninsula Link and up to eight zones of the Hume Highway, along with 37 other sites in New South Wales. The new systems are now operating on Port Wakefield Road and Dukes Highway in South Australia.
Two units are monitoring both directions on the 13 km stretch of the two-lane Dukes Highway between Coonaplyn and Kiki, with a further two on 51 km of the Port Wakefield Road between Two Wells and Port Wakefield.
These point to point systems use high repetition digital cameras in conjunction with Redflex monitoring systems. Vehicles are identified when entering and leaving the section and average speed is calculated on the time interval between these two points.
The cameras installed on Dukes Highway are said to be unique as, not only do they monitor traffic in both directions on the two-lane road, but they also capture images of drivers who cross to the other side of the road in an effort to evade detection.
South Australia’s Road Traffic (Miscellaneous) Variation Regulations 2013, which approved the use of the Redflex system, took effect on January 1 2014.
“International research has shown 50 per cent reductions in fatal and serious crashes after average speed safety cameras were installed,” said Tony Piccolo, South Australian Minister for Road Safety.