Liberal Government delivers safety camera audit

The State Government’s safety camera audit has been a long time coming, according to Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll.

“This is something I had been pushing for since being elected in 2014, and then as the Shadow Minister for Road Safety,” he said.

“The new State Government is once again delivering on its commitments by way of genuine action.

“The long-held perception that safety cameras are just there to raise revenue needs to be addressed and this audit will, hopefully, assure South Australians that cameras are in strategic locations to keep motorists safe.”

Mr Knoll said the prevalence of speed cameras across Schubert had noticeably increased in recent years, spurring him to champion an audit which ensured the cameras were operating for safety purposes.

In particular, the stationing of cameras on roads which were perceived by the community as low risk – such as within townships – had caused both frustration and cynicism within the electorate.

“I am regularly contacted by constituents who are questioning cameras which are deployed in the main streets of Tanunda and Nuriootpa.

“Just two weeks ago, a mobile safety camera was deployed at the front of my office in Tanunda for a full day, and my office received a number of complaints.”

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 Australian Police to identify the deployment of mobile safety cameras.

Ten safety cameras which were included in last year’s Labor State Budget – at a cost of $2 million – would have installation delayed, and the proposed locations would be included in the audit.

South Australians will have the opportunity to have their say on the audit at the YourSay website, yoursay.sa.gov.au/speed-camera-audit.