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WA police attend Fatal and Serious Crashes around the state and many of these crashes involve speed or at least elements of people driving too fast for the conditions, fatigue or just plain reckless. Today is about looking at the speed limits. Police in the meantime will continue to target the speed limits and infringe motorists who do the wrong thing.
Police employ various methods of enforcement which I assume you will all be familiar with. The messages are out there and have been for a long time.
Red Light cameras were introduced in 19 to reduce the number of right angle crashes and right through crashes. Whilst they have reduced the number of crashes, Fatal and Serious crashes continue to occur when a mistake is made. Red Light cameras do not tackle the speed aspect in crashes.
New technology is being introduced into Western Australia to tackle speed within intersections. 114kph is the figure we have detected at this intersection to date
Technology can also record the incident or crash scene. Crashes at Intersections such as this at 60 kph has devastating effects on the driver, passengers, bystanders and involved pedestrians and family members. A crash at this speed will kill.
This is an urban area: This intersection demonstrates the road mix: Heavy vehicles v light vehicles: v pedestrians : v stationary vehicles: Sometimes travelling too fast for the conditions and imagine the outcome of this if it was a heavy vehicle v car. Or wet road. ALBERT PARK, Orrong Road, Melbourne. Near the Grand Prix race track
Point to point cameras
Regional WA has almost twice the number of fatalities this year than the metropolitan area Most speed limits in RWA are 110 zones Run off road 54%. Most fatal and serious crashes in RWA are single vehicle, run off road crashes. Pedestrians 15% Most car related fatal and serious crashes in the Metropolitan area are intersection crashes
Note that 2009 was tracking well below 5YA line but now is barely below the line. WA was tracking for a “normal” year until August and September which were two low fatality months, however October has been a high month. We are now looking to a year very close to the five year average.
WA is tracking for an extremely high year in 2009 for serious injuries.
Serious injuries are now tracking the highest they have been for the last 5 years for year to date. Is time to take the next step in road safety.
Alcohol and speed combined is 39% of crashes. We are talking Excessive Speed and or Travelling too fast for the conditions, road alignment, bend, wet, gravel, narrow roads. Etc Careless/ Inattention/fail to give way and fatigue are all mistakes. 34% of crashes. 43% if you include alcohol Crashes at speed will kill.
Police must continue to enforce speed zones The incidence of (31%) speeding in a 50 zone is unacceptable. Most pedestrian deaths occur in these zones All other areas regularly record between 10% - 20% of vehicles exceeding the posted limit.
This is the typical run off road crash confronting the public of Western Australia. Single vehicle: Isolated or remote scene; Unforgiving road side shoulder: Trees within 5 metres of roadside. Using the 2009 NSW Speed Zone Guidelines this road would be a 80 kph road. For this road to be rated 100kph it would require at least 5.6 metres sealed shoulder.