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Police undergoing training with replacement safety cameras

16 May 2019 7:00pm

SA Police are currently training staff in the use of new mobile safety cameras as part of an ongoing replacement program.

After a business case study which began in 2017, Redflex Traffic Systems was selected to supply SA Police with the required mobile camera equipment (a REDFLEX Radarcam NK7 – LX).

Superintendent Bob Gray, the officer in charge of the Traffic Support Branch, said  all of SAPOL’s mobile safety cameras were to be replaced, with the training of operators beginning this month and rollout of the new cameras expected later this year.

“The replacement cameras have improved technical capabilities as you would expect,” he said.

“The purchase and use of new technology is in line with the SA Police’s Road Safety Strategy 2019-2020.

“It is also important that motorist take road safety seriously, and that includes paying attention to the posted speed limit or the road conditions.

“These cameras will allow us to monitor vehicle in circumstances which were not previously an option, but motorists behaviour should be the same whatever the circumstances – we know that that the faster the vehicle is travelling, the harder the collision.”

The cameras, which are used in a range of other jurisdictions including New South Wales, New Zealand are Ireland, will allow police to monitor vehicles in area or roads with previously deemed reflective objects; and have the capability to take dual photos – one from the front and one from the rear.

There have been 45 people killed on the state’s roads to date this year, compared with 29 at the same time last year.

Superintendent Gray, pictured with one of the new safety cameras, said police would continue to do all they could to make drivers to take their road safety responsibilities seriously.

“Police can only do so much,” he said. “We will continue to use all the tools available to us to get the message through to drivers that enough is enough.”