Melbourne's Western Ring Road: 30,000 Speeders In Six Weeks

Mike Stevens | May 30, 2012

Speeding on Melbourne's Western Ring Road is proving irresistable for the lead-footed.

New police figures reveal that 30,000 motorists were caught speeding in the six weeks after the reactivation of fixed speed cameras at Keilor Park Drive near the Calder overpass last month.

Worryingly, 160 motorists were detected travelling 25km/h over the 80km/h posted speed limit, and six were caught doing 45km/h above the limit.

The cameras had originally been deactivated in 2010 while infrastructure works were carried out by VicRoads.

Signs had been installed in the weeks leading up to the reactivation of the cameras, and remained in place for the six weeks after.

“Since the cameras were reactivated, compliance at this site has been 97.9 per cent,” Superintendent Neville Taylor said.

“This is compared to 99.9 per cent at other fixed speed camera sites across the state. It’s just not good enough."

The reactivation of the cameras followed a month-long testing period, which saw 1253 motorists detected travelling more than 25km per hour over the speed limit. No infringements were issued during the testing period.

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  • BH says,
    3 years ago
    Ring Road is a joke... RR construction is a joke. Motorists who can't keep a constant speed, look ahead and merge correctly should be fined permanently!!
  • Grumps
    Grumps says,
    3 years ago
    Title says "6 weeks". That's 714 a day!! Should be "6 months" yes? laugh

    • Mike Stevens
      Mike Stevens [TMR] says,
      3 years ago
      Incredible, isn't it? But no, the title is correct. Six weeks!
      • Allen Henwood says,
        3 years ago
        Safety Cameras are set in place to reduce fatal accidents.
        How many fatal accidents have occured on Ring Road in the last year?
        714 catches at an average of $265 each............nice little money gatherer!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • DMR says,
    3 years ago
    When 714 normally law abiding citzens are breaking the law every day on 1 road, it tells you the law is wrong.
    It is obvious that 80 km/h is too low and should be 100 km/h. The fact that state governments are raking in over 100k a day on this road gives you an indication of what factors determined the speed limit.

  • jesse says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    how many accidents occurred involving all those nasty speedsters during that time?
  • Dave says,
    3 years ago
    So out of 30,000 only 166 doing 25+kph over the limit. The rest were probably doing on average 6-10kph over? and when did they get caught? At night when the road is virtually empty? That makes them a potentially deadly drivers does it? It's an Effing joke what the RTA gets away with when most urban roads here are full of potholes and half @ssed attempt at sealing.
  • MotorMouth says,
    3 years ago
    VicRoads should be awfully embarrassed to reveal figures like this. Unless they are able to show a corresponding increase in serious accidents, all they are proving is that the speed limit on this road is woefully inappropriate and designed only to raise revenue.
  • MarkB says,
    3 years ago
    I think the most worrying thing about all of this is that Victorians can't obey speed limits! It doesn't seem to matter when or where I drive, there is always someone either tailgating me while I drive on the speed limit, or is overtaking me on an inappropriate section of road while I sit on the limit. Perhaps we should be re-educating drivers regarding their numeracy identification skills!!
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