The successful "Don't Rush" campaign shows how more lives would be lost if there were no speed cameras.
Speed cameras save lives
The latest version of Don't Rush focuses on prevention and highlights the human cost associated with speed-related crashes. The campaign shows the impact of a speed-related crash on the community and how this can be prevented if people stick to the speed limit.
Slowing down means that ambulance officers, police, rescue teams, doctors and coroners don't have to attend these preventable incidents. Slowing down also means that husbands, wives and children don't have to live without their loved ones.
Speed-related crashes happen every week in NSW. Speed cameras support high visibility policing and are put in high-risk locations where people have been injured or killed. About 160 people die and 4200 people are injured in speed-related crashes each year. Centre for Road Safety evidence shows that speed cameras, high visibility policing and strong public education campaigns change driver behaviour and help prevent crashes.
The 2013 speed camera review found there was a 90 per cent reduction in fatalities and a 41 per cent reduction in injuries at fixed speed camera locations. Since 2010 when mobile speed cameras were introduced, fatalities have been trending downwards.