Pedestrians and local residents will be safer with four speed and red light cameras to be installed on Rosanna Road by the end of the year, funded by the Andrews Labor Government.
State Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines today announced contracts worth about $900,000 for the new cameras had been signed with Sensys Gatso Australia.
The two intersections along Rosanna Road at Banyule Road and Darebin Street were selected following a strong local campaign, to make the area safer for children, parents and staff at the nearby Banyule and Heidelberg primary schools and the Goodstart Childcare Centre.
The sites were endorsed by the Fixed Camera Site Selection Committee, which is made up of Victoria Police, VicRoads and the Department of Justice and Regulation. The Committee advises the Government on site selection, planning and deployment of all fixed camera sites after investigating its crash history, as well as factors including engineering suitability.
The new cameras will be activated in the first half of 2019, after strict testing is carried out by the Department of Justice and Regulation, and independent officers. They are in addition to the $850,000 already invested in safety improvements on Rosanna Road, which were completed last year.
Victoria’s camera testing program exceeds standards required by law to ensure all Victorians can have the highest level of confidence that you will only get caught, if you chose to speed. Speed plays a part in about one third of Victorian deaths and injuries, so improving the safety of road users relies heavily upon everyone travelling at safe and legal speeds appropriate for the conditions.
Road safety cameras, have proven to be one of the most effective ways to get drivers to slow down and, ultimately, save lives – with a 47 per cent reduction in crashes resulting in death or injury at Victorian intersections fitted with a safety camera. Victoria’s road safety camera network is one of the many tools used to reduce road trauma by helping to change driver behaviour.
This year’s State Budget included $3.12 million for a package of works to deliver short-term relief on Rosanna Road ahead of the construction of the North East Link. New traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Rosanna Road and St James Road and new pedestrian lights at Yarra and Brown Streets. Electronic 40km/h signs will also be installed on Rosanna Road before Darebin Street and Banksia Street, to make the area safer for pedestrians.
Sensys Gatso Australia is a leading road safety solutions company. It was recently awarded the contract to replace Victoria’s mobile speed cameras with high-tech cameras that can be deployed to more locations, including busy suburban rat runs.
Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP
“As a Rosanna resident and a father who used the nearby childcare centre, I’ve experienced first-hand the risks that pedestrians and motorists face along Rosanna Road.”
“These cameras will not only make Rosanna Road safer and hold drivers to account – but also make our footpaths and crossings safer for students, parents, teachers and school crossing supervisors.”
“This is the result of a strong campaign from the local community and members of the Resolve Rosanna Road committee, and I thank them for working with me to get these cameras installed.”