RACQ gives green light to combined red light and speed cameras

RACQ has commended the Queensland Government on a move to install new combined red light and speed cameras at several intersections across the State.

Speed camera in Queensland

It comes after data revealed 42 people were killed and more than 3,000 injured in crashes at signalised intersection throughout Queensland during the last five years.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the cameras would detect drivers who disobeyed red lights and sped through intersections, and were proven to reduce the risk of serious smashes.

“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. Research has shown a 30 percent reduction in serious crash risk at locations where this technology is already used,” Mr Spalding said.

“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 installed at eight intersections across the Gold Coast, Gladstone and Brisbane areas 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.