Point-to-point camera targets heavy vehicles at Urunga

The point-to-point speed camera at Urunga will initially issue warnings instead of fines.
The point-to-point speed camera at Urunga will initially issue warnings instead of fines.

THE point-to-point camera detecting speeding heavy vehicles on the Pacific Highway through Urunga has been activated.

Measuring the time it takes a truck to travel between two points on either side of the town, the camera calculates average speed in a precise determination of speeding offences.

"Speed is often the cause of fatal crashes and point-to-point technology will help tackle this problem," Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said.

"Point-to-point enforcement is about improving both the safety of heavy vehicle drivers and other road users by reducing heavy vehicle speeding, but is not used for light vehicles."

An initial warning period will apply where letters are issued to offending drivers instead of infringements, and roadside warning signs have been posted.

The 42-kilometre Warrell Creek to Urunga upgrade is being delivered in two sections, from Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads and from Nambucca Heads to Urunga.

"Roads and Maritime Services is continuing with land acquisitions and investigations for the 22 kilometre Nambucca Heads to Urunga section," Mr Fraser said.

"RMS has called for registration of interest from the road construction industry to design and build the Nambucca Heads to Urunga section."

Tenders from short-listed applicants closed last month and the preferred tender will be announced later this year, with building works to start in mid-2013.

"The Warrell Creek to Nambucca section, which includes Macksville, is also continuing with land acquisitions and the start of building is subject to funding," Mr Fraser said.

Topics:  pacific highway urunga

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