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with a history of crashes and speeding. The second is to use mobile cameras to complement and support police enforcement. The third is to use them on randomly selected roads in support of the anytime, anywhere approach. The split of operations across the three deployment principles will be a third each.

The mobile camera deployment strategy also provides for better targeting of the mobile cameras by using them at locations and times of day when crash rates are higher. For example, on weekends the mobile cameras will be used to target holiday and recreation traffic on roads such as the ACT section of the Kings Highway and Tidbinbilla Road.

As I have said, this mobile speed camera strategy, in conjunction with the other aspects of the government’s new road safety camera strategy, is designed to reduce speed, to save lives and to stop injuries. The government has a “vision zero” road safety strategy aiming for the goal of zero fatalities on our roads. Speed kills. It is implicated in a significant proportion of fatal and serious injury crashes on our roads.

ACT Policing reports that speeding was identified as a contributing factor in 31.7 per cent of fatal crashes between 2010 and 2013. It is also the main causal factor in fatal crashes nationally, contributing in about 30 per cent of cases. Road safety cameras are an effective way to reduce speeds and improve safety. This new strategy describes how the government will improve, measure and monitor their effectiveness to ensure they are used in the best possible way to improve road safety.

I conclude by thanking the Auditor-General, the public accounts committee and the University of New South Wales for their respective efforts in helping the government reach this point today. There is still work to be done, but I am confident we are on the right track and that we now have a strategy and plan which will ensure the investment the government has made in camera technology will result in the best road safety outcomes for the ACT community. I have already tabled the government’s response. I commend the papers to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Ms Burch presented the following papers:

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—

Building Act and the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act—Building (General) Legislation Amendment Regulation 2015 (No 1)—Subordinate Law SL2015-14 (LR, 4 May 2015).

Health Professionals Act—Health Professionals (Veterinary Surgeons Fees) Determination 2015 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2015-61 (LR, 4 May 2015).

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