Many people claim that fixed speed cameras, such as the one at Lochinvar, are mere cash cows for state governments, regardless of political persuasion.
And there is no disputing that the Lochinvar camera has collected its fair share of revenue since it was installed in 2003. Documents obtained under freedom of information laws by the Maitland Mercury in 2008 revealed
that in its first five years of operation, the
camera captured more than 18,600 speeding drivers,
netting the government more than $2.3 million in fines.
The camera continues to this day to catch unsuspecting speeding motorists but it has now been announced that its future is under review.
While a government study of speed cameras has found them to be effective in reducing crashes and/or casualties at 88 locations across the state. At five locations – one of which is Lochinvar – speed cameras were found to be not as effective in reducing crashes and will be reviewed.
The possible future removal/relocation of the camera would make many motorists happy – especially those who drive through Lochinvar and have no or little
affinity with Maitland.
What should not be forgotten, however, is that people have lost their lives at this location in the past. As the Mercury reported in 2008, it has been a cruel irony for the Sisters of St Joseph’s that the path between the convent and their church was divided by one of the country’s busiest and most dangerous roads.
It was the death of one Sister on Easter Thursday in 1966 that brought traffic lights to Lochinvar, but even the lights failed to save another Sister 32 years later.
Apart from the convent and church, there are also schools in the vicinity.
It is yet to be determined what impact the Hunter Expressway will have on traffic on this notoriously busy stretch of road.
While no one likes to unnecessarily line the government’s coffers, it would be a travesty if the removal of the speed camera resulted in yet another tragedy in Lochinvar.
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