Victoria Police is preparing to activate fixed speed cameras along Peninsula Link for the first time within the next two weeks.
Six camera sites have been installed, with two point-to-point sections and three instantaneous detection points in each direction.
Police are also issuing a warning to Peninsula Link road users after more than 7500 motorists were detected speeding during a recent 14 day live testing period.
More than 500 motorists were detected travelling 15km per hour above the posted speed limit and 66 of those drivers would have lost their licences.
Six drivers were detected hooning at speeds of 45km per hour and above, which under normal circumstances would mean those drivers would have had their vehicle impounded.
Variable message signs (VMS) will be placed on the roadway from today. They will be placed on each side of the road, prior to the camera sites, and will initially carry a message advising “Cameras Enforcing Soon”.
The cameras will be activated sometime in the week commencing 16 September and at this stage the messaging will change to “Cameras Enforcing Now”.
The variable messaging signs will stay in place for a month after the activation of the cameras.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said it’s disappointing that people were still not getting the message about the dangers of speeding.
“We know that speed is a major factor in about one third of fatal collisions each year, yet some motorists continue to drive at dangerous speeds, putting the lives of all road users at risk” A/C Hill said.
“Low level speeding can be just as dangerous as high-level speeding, so it is concerning to see around 5000 motorists exceeding the speed limit by less than 10km per hour.
“Speeding drivers increase the risk to all road users with the potential for devastating consequences.
“We are giving motorists advanced warning that the cameras are going to be activated soon.
“Cameras help to reduce death and road trauma on our roads and are an important part of our overall enforcement approach
“This is a reminder to motorists to slow down, pay attention and make sure you are driving within the signed speed limit at all times.”