Updated April 15, 2019 18:06:25The NSW Police Service (NSP) is working with traffic cameras across the state to try and help motorists avoid getting caught out by the flashing lights of their vehicle.
Key points:NSP traffic cameras are rolling out across the State with the aim of helping people avoid being caught outBy NSP, flashing lights are part of a pilot program that will help reduce road rageNSP has been testing the new technology since January, and it is expected to be rolled out across NSW by the end of the yearIf you have spotted any flashing lights on the road, don’t panic.
Police are rolling the system out across Sydney’s metropolitan area in a pilot project, but the NSW Police Association (NPA) is concerned the program could lead to drivers getting caught in the middle of a situation that could have been avoided.
Key point:Police say the flashing signals could reduce road-rage incidentsIf you spot a flashing light on the side of the road or at a junction, don.t run for the nearest police station or speed camera.
Instead, walk up to the lights and let them know what’s going on.
If there’s a police car on the way, wait until it’s safe to stop.
If you can’t, drive away.
Instead of stopping and waiting for a police vehicle to arrive, you can try to take your car to the nearest NSP carpark and let the officer see if they can spot you.
“It’s the best way to let them tell you the situation, and get the driver’s attention,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Taylor said.
“If you’re driving through traffic lights, you could be a danger to yourself or others.”
A number of factors, including the length of your trip, could also play a role in whether you can avoid being a road rage victim.
“People may want to stop and see if there’s any other way they can make a difference,” Acting Police Minister Michael Gallacher said.
Police said the flashing warning system will work with existing traffic lights and other safety features, including traffic control cameras, which are set to be replaced over the next few years.
The NSP says the flashing signal will only be used for vehicles approaching or passing a police officer.
“A police officer who sees a flashing flashing light will immediately stop and ask the driver for identification,” Acting Superintendent Scott McEvoy said.
The police agency has also said that drivers will not be fined for not moving out of the way of a flashing signal.
Police say drivers will still be asked to show their licence or insurance card to the officer if they have to stop to check a vehicle.
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