Motorists have been warned to obey the speed limits while driving through Blacktown residential areas or pay the price.
Blacktown Council and Police from Blacktown, Quakers Hill and Mt Druitt Local Area Commands are working together in several anti-speed operations over the coming months.
Last Thursday mayor Len Robinson and police officers from three areas launched the joint campaign at Knox Road in Doonside.
Cr Robinson said Blacktown Council would be using variable message signs (VMS) on roads to remind drivers to follow the speed limits in residential areas.
He said they hoped this would encourage drivers to slow down to the speed limit to increase their ability to respond to dangers on the road and avoid speeding fines.
“To ensure motorists remember to stay within the speed limit, police will conduct speed enforcement on main roads and the common ‘short cuts’ used by motorists in the area,” Cr Robinson said.
He said the police would be using their light detection and ranging (LIDAR) gun to catch anyone speeding.
‘‘LIDARs are very accurate in measuring speed and pinpointing which car is actually speeding.
‘‘ They are usually used on major roads, but can be used on any road, and can detect vehicles over 600 metres away on multi-lane roads that are speeding.’’
A police spokesman said their highway patrol team speed cameras would be used in the Blacktown Local Government Area that has seven active red light and speed cameras and 24 locations with mobile speed cameras.