Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Do Covert Speed Cameras Work?

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Do Covert Speed Cameras Work?

Article excerpt

I HAVE absolutely no sympathy for speeding drivers, drink drivers or those who are stupid enough to be texting while driving.

But are hidden, unmanned and fixed cameras really the best way of dealing with offenders?

How effective in changing behaviour is getting a speeding fine a month after the event?

There are 18 unmarked mobile speed camera vehicles in use across Queensland.

During the 2016-17 financial year there were 106,741 notices issued by unmarked mobile speed cameras and 163,176 notices issued by marked mobile speed cameras.

Surely having more police on our roads, intercepting offenders, is a better method of reducing the road toll.

Yes, it costs more money and will certainly generate less revenue. But what is the end goal here?

Is it trying to get as many people hit with penalties as possible and generate millions in fines? Or is it about trying to prevent tragedies before they happen?

You only have to consider the long-term costs of car accidents on taxpayers to know putting more police on the roads is a smart investment. …

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