South Australia’s top 10 worst regional speed camera locations revealed

The top 10 regional SA locations where drivers were caught speeding by both fixed and mobile speed cameras have been revealed.

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Ahead of the school holidays, the top 10 regional areas where drivers were caught speeding, whether by fixed or mobile speed cameras, have been disclosed, revealing that half of them are situated in the Adelaide Hills.

Based on 2023 SAPOL data, the most problematic spot in regional South Australia for speeding drivers was identified as the fixed camera at Crafers on the South Eastern Freeway. This camera apprehended 7,012 motorists, resulting in a total penalty of $3,985,553, including the VOC levy.

Remarkably, the leading four regional fixed cameras were all positioned along the South Eastern Freeway in the Adelaide Hills, with three of them functioning as point-to-point cameras.

Among the mobile camera locations with the highest number of speeding violations in regional South Australia, Ironbank Rd in Ironbank stood out, catching 772 speeding drivers, leading to a total penalty of $407,036, inclusive of VOC charges.

Once again, five of the top 10 regional spots for mobile speed cameras were found in the Adelaide Hills, prompting an appeal from RAA for drivers in that area to adhere to speed limits as the school holidays approach.

The Senior Manager of Safety & Infrastructure Charles Mountain at RAA emphasised that even a slight surpassing of the speed limit significantly elevates the risk of a severe accident.

“Excessive speed is one of the fatal five causes of road trauma – and contributes to 30 per cent of fatal crashes on our roads,” Mr Mountain said.

“The list of regional fixed and mobile speed cameras shows thousands of drivers are either deliberately or inadvertently driving faster than the speed limit in our regions.

“If you drive on the South Eastern Freeway, make sure you’re paying close attention to the speed limit, which may be lower due to roadworks or another reason that isn’t immediately obvious.

“Other roads in the Hills may have lower traffic volumes and it may be tempting to creep over the limit – but doing so puts other road users at risk.

“Drivers need to be aware that even small increases in speed mean you will travel a longer distance before you can react and bring your vehicle to a stop if something unexpected occurs on the road.”

Mr. Mountain noted that about 70 percent of the fatalities on South Australian roads took place in the state’s rural areas.

“With school holidays beginning this week, many motorists may be heading to our regions with their families during the next fortnight, so this is a timely reminder that exceeding the speed limit puts yourself and other road users at risk.

“We must remember to drive to the conditions and at a speed that allows us to safely respond to unexpected situations or come to a safe stop if required.

“It’s also still important to be vigilant near schools even during the holiday period as some will be offering holiday programs so children may be present, particularly during drop off and pick up times.”

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