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Speed cameras expand from Lautoka to Sigatoka

LTA will introduce speed cameras on the Queens Road corridor between Sigatoka and Lautoka towards the end of October that will add to those presently in use. This will be the first of two stages, the second to target Lautoka and Nausori on the Kings Road. Speed cameras are presently active in Kinoya, Nabua and […]

Verleshwar Singh

September 19, 2016 7:42 am

LTA will introduce speed cameras on the Queens Road corridor between Sigatoka and Lautoka towards the end of October that will add to those presently in use.

This will be the first of two stages, the second to target Lautoka and Nausori on the Kings Road.

Speed cameras are presently active in Kinoya, Nabua and Samabula (inbound toward Central Suva) with an additional two portable speed cameras also being used by LTA.

According to Naisa Tuinaceva, CEO of LTA, those presently in use have resulted in over 13,000 citations with revenue exceeding $400,000 since the beginning of this year alone, primarily targeted at speeding vehicles and those running red lights.

“We are setting up 13 camera locations on Queens Road corridor, but six could be active on any one day, the rest would be dummy cameras.  They will be changed so there will be no way to know which is active and which is not.  We will target illegal driving, especially speeding and overtaking.

“The process is simple.  The camera takes the photo of the illegal activity, it is sent directly to our processing centre at Valelevu where it is verified.  A citation is prepared and a registered letter is sent to the vehicle owner for payment,” said Mr. Tuinaceva.

Stage two will involve seven speed camera locations with two of these sites active on any given day.

“We want those that break the speed limit to slow down, to drive safely and we are confident that the speed cameras will help achieve this. It is our commitment to make the roads safer for all drivers and speed cameras have shown that they make a contribution towards this end, ” said Mr. Tuinaceva.

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