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How They Work and What Happens When You’re Caught on Camera

Many Sydney intersections are covered by cameras. Some are red light cameras. Others are red-light and speed cameras. The cameras have left many citizens confused with many wondering how they work and the legal outcome of being caught on camera.

How the RLSC work

Red light speeding cameras are active 24/7. These calibrated cameras record speeding offences and red-light violations throughout the day and night. The speed camera will record the speeding offence whether the light is red, amber or green.

It is quite common for drivers to accelerate when the light turns yellow in an attempt to make it to the other side of the intersection before the light turns to red. Many drivers are confused as to how the RLSC works when the light is yellow.

Section 57 of the Road Rules

Section 57 of the Road Rules 2014 NSW makes clear a number of offences that relate to yellow lights. The RLSC have been installed to deal with many of the offences relating to these violations.

Stopping for a yellow light or arrow according to the Act

Any driver who is heading toward a yellow light must stop if there is a line close to the traffic light if he or she can safely stop at or before the line.

If there is no line the driver must stop at or before the traffic lights if it is possible to come to a safe stop.

If the driver cannot stop safely as described above and the traffic lights are at an intersection at the line or traffic lights but can still safely stop before entering the intersection, they may not move on until the traffic lights turn green, flash yellow or when there is no traffic light

How many RLSC’s are there and where are they located?

There are around 180 RLSC’s located in NSW and more are scheduled for installation according to Transport NSW. You can find the location of the cameras on the website hosted by Transport NSW.

Intersections where RLSC’s have been installed should be clearly identified by means of signposts ahead of the intersection. It must contain the speed limit and the script “Red Light Speed Camera Ahead”. If this signage does not appear ahead of the intersection its absence may be used as a defence.

The RLSC’s contain the following information

  • Photographic proof of the offence taking place
  • The place, date and time where the offence took place
  • The speed limit and the speed of the vehicle committing the offence
  • The vehicle’s registration number
  • The lane and the direction of travel at the time of the offence.

The cameras are generally reasonably accurate. Trying to prove that the camera’s reading was inaccurate is expensive and it will require the testimony of an expert. While it is possible to prove that the cameras were faulty this is often a costly and time-wasting exercise.

For your defence to stand you will have to prove that one or more aspects of the RLSC information provided was not wholly accurate.   

It is far easier to understand the laws and abide by them.

Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.

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