Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville announced the first set of next generation mobile speed cameras are set to start enforcement this month following community testing.
The new technology will play a critical role in reducing road trauma and saving lives on roads by detecting dangerous drivers and helping to change motorists’ behaviour.
The cameras can identify motorists across six lanes of traffic in either direction, regardless of what side of the road the camera is placed on.
Radar technology is used and the cameras aren’t affected by steel obstructions, median strips or trams. The fleet will be progressively rolled out over the next year, replacing existing cameras.
The Victorian Government provided more than $120 million dollars in the 2019/20 Victorian Budget to increase mobile camera enforcement by 75 per cent over the coming years and investigate new road safety camera capabilities.
The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) has found up to 60 lives could be saved and 260 serious injuries prevented every year by expanding the program by 75 per cent.
Victoria Police currently has around 2000 sites for the mobile road safety cameras. The new technology will enable Victoria Police to deploy the cameras along busy main roads and highways, as well as suburban rat-runs.