June 14, 2012
Road Safety Cameras are an important part of the efforts to reduce the road toll in Victoria. There is an extensive network of road safety cameras in place to ensure drivers obey the speed limits. Reducing speed saves lives on Victorian roads.
The fixed speed cameras on the Western Ring Road at Keilor Park Drive Bridge, Keilor East were re-activated on 5 April 2012, following the completion of roadwork at the camera site. Variable message sign boards were in place on the Western Ring Road to notify motorists in the lead up to the re-activation. On 27 March 2012, Victoria Police advised the community that the road safety cameras would be re-activated in April.
Despite being given ample warning of the re-activation of the cameras, some reckless motorists continue to break the law. More than 30,000 infringements have been issued since the road safety cameras were switched back on. On 28 May 2012, Victoria Police released a statement advising the community that the 30,000 infringements issued since the road safety cameras were re-activated highlighted the poor driver behaviour on the Western Ring Road and put lives at risk.
Motorists need to be reminded that these cameras operate in a variable speed zone so they must slow down, pay attention and make sure they are driving within the signed speed limit at all times. Reduced speed limits in roadwork zones are in place both for driver safety, and for the occupational health and safety of workers on the roadway.
Excessive speed offences carry significant penalties, including loss of licence and vehicle impoundment. Motorists need to change their behaviour or face fines.
The Keilor East camera site was de-activated in November 2010 to allow VicRoads to undertake infrastructure works as part of the major M80 upgrade.