New Speed Camera At Busy Intersection

Warnings will be issued for a month

New Speed Camera At Busy Intersection

A new red light speed camera is being switched on at Charlestown on Monday.

It's been installed on the corner of Charlestown Road and Hillsborough Road, in a bid to make the intersection safer.

21 people were injured in crashes there between 2011 and 2016, two of them seriously.

“We know that running red lights can lead to serious T-bone crashes or vehicles crashing into pedestrians,” Centre for Road Safety executive director Bernard Carlon said.

“Around 60 per cent of red-light speed camera offences are from people running red lights so we know that we’re addressing this problem head-on."

The location of the new camera at the Charlestown Road/Hillsborough Road intersection (Google Maps)

“The new camera will help to improve road safety in a busy part of the local community. The intersection is in a residential area and Charlestown Road provides an important connection to both the Newcastle inner city bypass and the Pacific Highway."

“The 2017 speed camera review found that overall red-light speed cameras reduced fatal and serious injury crashes by 33 per cent, and pedestrian casualties were reduced by 49 per cent.”

The new camera will operate in warning mode for one month during which time drivers caught by the camera will be sent a warning letter.

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