A new red-light speed camera at the intersection of East Street and Moss Street will begin operating on Monday, September 17.
From July 2011 to June 2016, 14 people were injured at this intersection - four of them seriously. NSW Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said the new camera would target both red-light running and speeding.
“We know that running red lights can lead to serious T-bone crashes or vehicles crashing into pedestrians,” Mr Carlon said.
“Around 60 per cent of red-light speed camera offences are from people running red lights so we know that we’re addressing this problem head-on.”
Mr Carlon said the new camera would improve safety in one of the busier parts of Nowra.
“The retail business and residential areas surrounding this intersection attract a lot of traffic to the site and Moss Street provides a link to the town centre for both vehicles and pedestrians,” he said.
“The 2017 speed camera review found that overall red-light speed cameras reduced fatal and serious injury crashes by 33 per cent, and pedestrian casualties were reduced by 49 per cent.”
The new camera will operate in warning mode for one month during which time drivers caught by the camera will be sent a warning letter to encourage them to change their behaviour. After this time fines will be sent to offending drivers.