MOTORISTS are being urged to slow down as Ballarat's first fixed speed and red-light camera is switched on.The digital speed and red light camera was installed at the intersection of Gillies and Sturt streets in Alfredton last month.This week testing began on the camera and The Courier was contacted by concerned motorists who saw the camera flash as they drove past.A Department of Justice spokesperson said no infringements would be issued during testing."Flashing can occur for a number of reasons, including when cameras are being serviced or tested,'' she said."The camera will become operational in the first half of 2010 once installation and extensive testing is complete.''The intersection was identified as a high-risk area last year and the decision to install it was made in consultation with police.It is part of a statewide camera upgrade announced in last year's state budget.RoadSafe Central Highlands executive officer Gerard Ryan said he hopes the camera will reduce risky behaviour."Drivers who are trying to jump though red lights or get through late on an orange light are engaging in fairly high-risk behaviour,'' Mr Ryan has said."Any infrastructure that is likely to decrease the chance of crashes and decrease risk behaviour, RoadSafe supports."
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