Insurer RACQ has lauded a Queensland government move to install new combined red light and speed cameras at several intersections across the state, as they would not only detect drivers who disobeyed red lights and sped through intersections, but would also reduce the risk of serious crashes.
RACQ data showed 42 people were killed and more than 3,000 injured in crashes in signalised intersections throughout Queensland during the past five years.
“We know that T-bone crashes are among some of the most dangerous crash types with a very high risk of serious injury or fatality,” said Steve Spalding, RACQ head of technical and safety policy. “Research has shown a 30% reduction in serious crash risk at locations where this technology is already used. Running through red lights while speeding compounds the danger, so this measure is certainly a boost to road safety as much as it is a deterrent for motorists to not run a red or speed.”
The cameras would be placed at eight intersections across the Gold Coast, Gladstone, and Brisbane areas that were selected based on crash history:
- Glenlyon Street, Gladstone Central at intersection with Tank Street
- Anzac Avenue Road, Kippa-Ring at intersection with Boardman Road
- Morayfield Road, Morayfield (intersection of Caboolture River Road)
- Lutwyche Road, Lutwyche (intersection of Norman Avenue)
- Lutwyche Road, Kedron (intersection of Kedron Park Road)
- Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo (intersection of Cavendish Road)
- Smith Street, Southport (intersection of Kumbari Avenue)
- Bermuda Street, Burleigh Waters (intersection of Christine Avenue).
The cameras would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.