Wundowie red light camera welcomed by Road Safety Commissioner

Wundowie red light camera welcomed by Road Safety Commissioner

ROAD Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia has welcomed the deployment of a red light camera on Great Eastern Highway in Wundowie in a bid to reduce road trauma on WA roads.

“Now, all vehicles travelling through the Wundowie safety camera site could receive infringements if they are caught speeding,” he said.

“There are several key factors taken into account when each safety camera location is chosen, including crash propensity and risk issues at that particular site.”

Main Roads WA reported between 2011 and 2015, more than 100 crashes were recorded on Great Eastern Highway, including six fatalities and 24 hospitalisations.

Mr Papalia said evaluation of the deployment of safety cameras in WA found they were extremely effective in reducing road trauma in those locations by up to 60 per cent.

“We have found that safety cameras effectively reducing aggregate speed in the specific location they are deployed,” he said.

“But there is also evidence of a reduction in speed some 10km/h from those sites; this observation has been referred to as a halo effect.”