TWO new red-light speed cameras will be ready to catch drivers doing the wrong thing by the end of the month.
Bathurst residents were notified in November, 2019 that cameras were to be installed at busy intersections and to expect construction work to commence soon.
Several months have passed and now Transport for NSW has confirmed that these cameras will be operational by the end of April.
The intersection of Durham and Bentinck streets will be monitored, as will the intersection of Stewart and Keppel streets.
These locations were chosen to receive cameras as they met the NSW speed camera strategy criteria, which includes the frequency and severity of crashes at an intersection, assessment of high road safety risk and regional priorities.
In the five years to 2018, there were 10 crashes at the intersection of Stewart and Keppel streets, seeing 12 people injured, one seriously.
Over the same five-year period, there were six crashes at the intersection of Durham and Bentinck streets, with five people sustaining injuries.
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By installing cameras, it is hoped that motorists will alter their behaviour and be less likely to end up in an accident.
Given that speeding contributes to around 40 per cent of road fatalities, executive director for The Centre of Road Safety, Bernard Carlon, said it was important to get people slowing down.
"We know that speed and red-light cameras work to slow drivers down, reduce the number and severity of crashes, and save lives. This has been demonstrated both in NSW and worldwide," Mr Carlon said.
"The NSW Government's 2018 speed camera review found there has been a 74 per cent reduction in fatalities and 40 per cent reduction in serious injuries at red-light speed camera locations.
"Our aim is to slow drivers down, not fine them, which is why all speed camera locations in NSW, including the red-light speed cameras in the Bathurst region, are clearly signposted."
There will be 201 red-light speed cameras across NSW after the 2019-20 rollout.
"Every cent from speed camera revenue goes into the Community Road Safety Fund, which is used to fund important safety programs such as school zone flashing lights, road safety upgrades and high visibility police operations," Mr Carlon said.