11 Dec 2015
The South Eastern Freeway point-to-point safety cameras will be activated next Tuesday (15 December).
The cameras have been extensively tested before being switched on.
The point-to-point cameras are located on a 13.5 km stretch between Mt Barker Summit and Callington and will detect vehicles speed travelling in both directions
The cameras aim to modify driver behaviour by ensuring motorists are keeping to the signed speed limit and help make the freeway safer for all road users.
Fatalities and serious injuries in regional and rural communities continue to be an issue in South Australia.
Speed contributed to 31 per cent of regional and rural fatal crashes between 2010 and 2014.
Data shows that from July 2010 until June 2015 there have been 156 casualty crashes resulting in eight fatalities, 28 serious injuries and 174 minor injuries on the South Eastern Freeway between the Old Toll Gate to Old Princes Highway intersection at Swanport.
Statistics also show that up to 47,000 vehicles use the freeway on a daily basis and around 13,000 vehicles use this specific stretch of the freeway enforced by the new cameras.
Point-to-point safety cameras are currently operating on the Dukes Highway, Port Wakefield Road, Victor Harbor Road and Sturt Highway.
One more point-to-point camera on the Northern Expressway is still to be activated.
The cameras calculate the average speed of a vehicle between the cameras, as well as the vehicle’s actual speed at each camera location.
For further information on average speed safety camera initiative visit: http://towardszerotogether.sa.gov.au/safer_speeds/average_speed_safety_camera
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
Works to improve safety on various sections of roads in the Upper North Area, including more than 41km of surfacing works, will begin on Saturday, 16 March.
Surfacing works to improve safety on Goyder Highway between Burra and Morgan are set to commence next week.