First fixed & average speed cameras for regional WA

News story
A six month test period for Western Australia’s first average speed safety camera zone has commenced in the state’s South West.

The Forrest Highway zone is approximately 26 kilometres long, with cameras installed on southbound and northbound lanes between Peppermint Grove Road and Noble Road.

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia said several key factors were considered during the selection process for the test location.

“There have been too many tragedies along that stretch of the Forrest Highway,” Mr Papalia said. “Since 2009, crashes have caused 7 deaths and 21 serious injuries which required hospitalisation.”

“The faster you are going, the more likely you are to have a crash. And when you have a crash at highspeed, the consequences are far more severe. So, these cameras play a key role in saving lives in that area.”

The cameras will use number plate recognition to measure the time and speed at which a vehicle passes through the two camera points, and calculate whether the average speed over the total distance is over the allowed speed limit which is 110 kilometres an hour.

Motorists will not receive infringements from the average speed safety cameras during the test period; however WA Police will continue to undertake normal enforcement patrols in the area.

Three fixed speed cameras in regional areas known for crashes, will begin enforcement by December:

  • Great Eastern Hwy, Wundowie (700m east of El Caballo Roadhouse)
  • Great Eastern Hwy, Northam (east of Shirley Strickland Bridge)
  • Indian Ocean Drive Gabbadah (west of Sovereign Hill Drive)

There were 100 crashes along Great Eastern Highway (2011 to 2015), including 6 fatalities, 24 people hospitalised and 10 requiring medical treatment.

There have been 33 crashes along Indian Ocean Drive (2011 and 2015), in the vicinity of the new fixed camera. 7 people were hospitalised and 8 required medical treatment.

Mr Papalia said there will be high visibility surrounding both the average speed safety camera zone and the fixed speed cameras.

“These cameras are not intended to be secret, we want people to know about them and slow down, because ultimately it’s about saving lives,” said Mr Papalia.

For more information, please visit the Road Safety Commission's Speeding page.

    Campaign Objectives

    Show more

    Talking to both the general population, as well as recidivist high-range speeders, this campaign’s communication aims:

    • When law comes into effect.
    • Government committed to making WA roads safer.
    • Average-speed Safety Cameras create a safer road environment.
    Page reviewed 23 August 2021