Victoria is set to receive its largest expansion of the speed camera network since 1986 with the addition of 31 new fixed speed cameras across the state. 22 existing sites will also upgraded from red light to combined red light / speed cameras.
As if that’s not enough an additional 3000 hours per month – or a 50 per cent increase – of mobile camera operation has also been given the go ahead in a move that will see Victorian coffers benefit of revenue exceeding $48 million.
Police say the blitz is aimed squarely at safety and hope it will drive the state’s road toll below 300 fatalities per annum.
“It’s going to be really, really aggressive,” Deputy Commissioner Ken Lay said. “I’m sure some parts of the community will probably have a bit of a whinge, but we’re really confident this will take us to the next level.”
There will also be increased targeting of major events including the Formula One Grand Prix and Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas said the Brumby Government move would save lives and make roads safer.