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by Matt Brogan

NSW Transport Minister, Mr David Campbell, will today announce details of a $170 million package aimed at lowering the state’s road toll.

As part of the package, the NSW government will reintroduce mobile speed cameras. The cameras will be placed in unmarked cars parked beside the road and will be operated by civilian contractors, similar to those already operating across the border in Victoria.

The NSW government says it will make the possible locations of its roadside cameras known via the RTA website, but hopes motorists will slow down regardless of whether a camera is present or not.

The $170 million road safety budget also allows $50 million for repairs and upgrades to accident blackspot areas, a $50 million audit of six main highways and an increase in speeding fines by five per cent.

Truck safety will receive $9 million with a trial of electronic work diaries for truck drivers among the new measures. It is hoped the diaries will improve fatigue management among long-haul drivers.

Six mobile speed camera units will begin operating state-wide from July 19th.




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