Safety Camera Program
Release date: Thu 24 May 2007
Last updated: Mon 25 February 2013
The Safety Camera Program is an integral part of Victoria Police's commitment to road safety.
Victoria Police aims to provide a safe environment for all road users.
Speed is a factor in all road deaths and injuries. In Victoria, excessive speed is the primary cause in around one third of road casualties, accounting for close to 100 lives and up to 2000 serious injuries every year.
Even if the primary cause of a crash is not speed, a crash in a slower vehicle will be less severe. Your chances of surviving and avoiding injury are greater the slower you are driving with the chances of being in a crash approximately doubling for every 5km/h over the limit in a 60km/h zone.
For every one percent reduction in average speed, there is on average a three percent reduction in casualty crashes. These findings underpin the Transport Accident Commission's 'Wipe off 5' campaign.
Speed cameras save lives
Speed cameras are one of the most effective tools in the fight against deaths and injuries from collisions. There are two types of speed cameras - fixed and mobile.
Mobile cameras can be moved to specific accident hot spots to enforce speed limits.
Red light cameras
Red light cameras have been operating in Victoria since 1983. Cameras currently operate in metropolitan Melbourne and designated country areas. Twenty per cent of all casualty collisions occur at major intersections in metropolitan areas, most of which have traffic signals.
There are currently over 246 speed cameras and 175 red light cameras operating throughout Victoria. The aim of speed and red light cameras is to change driver behaviour. Since being introduced, safety cameras have contributed to a significant decrease in the number of fatal and serious injuries on Victoria's roads.
Speed: the biggest killer on our roads
Safety cameras are only one tool in the fight against the road toll. Victoria Police now has more officers than ever before carry out additional speed enforcement measures, using mobile radar laser equipment, high-visibility patrol cars and unmarked vehicles patrol streets, roads and highways to enforce speed limits and help save lives.
On average over 4 million vehicles are checked by Victoria Police every month.