Camera signs up but no flash yet


pen link speed cameras 060613THE state government has started in­stalling speed camera warning signs on Peninsula Link freeway but the cameras have not yet been switched on.

The six cameras on the 27-kilometre freeway between EastLink tollway in Carrum Downs and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Mt Martha are in pairs, all in Moorooduc – one in each direction at the Loders Rd flyover, Mornington-Tyabb Rd off-ramps and Eramosa Rd West flyover.

The cameras will function as instan­taneous cameras as well as point-to-point units, which photograph a vehicle’s number plate as it passes the first camera and then compares the plate of the vehicle as it passes the second camera.

The average speed is calculated and any vehicle with an average exceeding the limit will receive a fine.

On Wednesday, a Department of Jus­tice spokesperson said “road safety cameras on Peninsula Link have been installed and are in the final stages of being commissioned”.

“A significant, independent and com­prehensive testing regime under live traffic conditions will take place before any cameras are switched on.

“This vigorous testing will begin once sites are fully commissioned.

“Part of the installation process in­cludes the posting of advisory signs alerting motorists that speed cameras operate in the area. These signs are a standard feature across the road safety camera network in Victoria.”

The spokesman said cameras would be switched on “when Victoria Police and the Department of Justice are com­pletely satisfied the system is ready”.

“Motorists will receive ample warn­ing in the form of roadside advertising before any speed enforcement on Pe­ninsula Link begins.”

The freeway opened on 18 January. In last year’s state budget, the govern­ment allocated almost $10 million for the cameras but they were not installed before the road opened because free­way builder Abigroup restricted access as it rushed to complete the freeway on time after more than two years of above-average rain.

A police spokesman said patrols would continue to enforce speed limits while the cameras were being tested.


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