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Source: New South Wales Transport

Road safety in West Pennant Hills will be improved with the reinstallation of a red-light speed camera at the intersection of Pennant Hills Road and Eaton Road.

Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary for Safety, Environment and Regulation Tara McCarthy said the red-light speed camera will target red-light running and speeding from Monday 9 November to improve safety for all road users.

“We know that running red lights can lead to serious T-bone crashes or vehicles crashing into pedestrians,” Ms McCarthy said.

“Around 60 per cent of red-light speed camera offences are from people running red lights so we are addressing this issue.”

A red-light speed camera was originally installed at the Pennant Hills Road and Eaton Road intersection in August 2010 and temporarily removed in June 2016 for the construction of NorthConnex. 

In the five years prior to the original installation of the camera, there were 23 crashes at the intersection, resulting in one fatality and 13 people injured, including five seriously.

Transport for NSW reviews all crashes at red-light speed camera locations every year in the annual review of speed camera programs. Annual reviews at this site show there were fewer fatalities and serious injuries at the intersection after the camera was installed and before it was removed for the construction of NorthConnex.

“This camera will target high-risk behaviours at the intersections and enforce speeding and red-light running on Pennant Hills Road,” Ms McCarthy said. 

“The 2018 NSW speed camera review found fatal and serious injury crashes fell by more than a third at red-light speed camera locations, and pedestrian casualties fell by nearly half.”

The camera will operate in warning mode for one month from Monday 9 November, during which time drivers caught speeding or running red lights will be sent a warning letter to encourage them to change their behaviour. 

Fines and demerit points will be sent to offending drivers once the warning letter period has finished.

Fines from red-light speed cameras go directly into the Community Road Safety Fund to deliver targeted road safety initiatives in NSW.

To sign up for alerts to changes in camera locations, visit www.saferroadsnsw.com.au.

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