Speed Camera Audit

The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.

The audit was undertaken by an independent road safety consultant, Martin Small Consulting, with the assistance of the Adelaide University’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research. It specifically focussed on addressing two key questions:

  • Have speed cameras been located in areas identified as having the greatest road safety risk?
  • Have speed cameras reduced speeding and the number and severity of road crashes in the locations in which they have been placed?

The audit addressed these questions by considering:

  • Fatal and serious injury crash trends associated with fixed safety cameras in South Australia, where cameras had been in place for at least five years
  • Protocols and processes used by the South Australia Police to identify and prioritise the selection of mobile camera sites
  • Guidelines and selection criteria used by DPTI to identify fixed safety cameras sites
  • Offences detected by different camera methods in different locations over a sixteen year period
  • Results of the YourSAy survey and other sources of community feedback
  • Research reports on best practice for speed camera programs.

The audit evaluated 35 intersections and found up to a 21 per cent decrease in injury crashes in the five years after installation compared with the five years before installation. The audit report is available here.

The audit recommended improvements to the program to improve road safety outcomes, increase transparency of the program and enhance community understanding and acceptance of speed camera operations in South Australia. The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and South Australian Police support these recommendations and will work together on their implementation.

More information on the Speed Camera Audit is available in the FAQs.

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