A speed camera in the southern police region, which includes Ipswich, had clocked a driver travelling 84kmh over the limit.
A speed camera in the southern police region, which includes Ipswich, had clocked a driver travelling 84kmh over the limit.

New digital cameras will getcha

LET’S call her Jane, shall we?

She has been nicked three times for speeding this past month so she might have good reason for not wanting to be identified.

What’s worrying for the rest of us is that maybe in the not too distant future more and more of us will run foul of the law over speeding offences.

New digital speed cameras are to be introduced mid-year which will enable the “tolerance” figure in the policing of speed limits to be lowered.

The government might already be preparing for the introduction of the new cameras with a blitz on speeding. This week Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said more speed enforcement could save lives.

He said the widespread introduction of speed cameras had reduced road deaths in recent years.

“I genuinely believe that we could save 50 to 100 lives here, each year, if we could focus heavily on speed enforcement,” Mr Atkinson said.

The new digital equipment will replace the outdated wet-film cameras.

In Victoria the “tolerance” threshold has been lowered to 3km/h, which means drivers doing 63km/h in a 60km/h zone could be fined.

Police and the state government do not publicly acknowledge a tolerance figure, but many drivers believe that they are safe during 10km/h over the limit in a 100km/h zone.

“Jane” said that until a month a go her driving record had been clean.

Then she was booked twice for doing 70km/h in a 60km/h zone and once for doing eight or nine kilometres over the limit on the highway in an 100km/h speed zone.

These moments of distraction have placed her licence at risk. She can’t afford to have another traffic fine. She said the lower speed limits were a worry.

“Getting booked for two or three kilometres over the speed limit is a bit extreme – is it just a revenue raiser?” she said.

“It’s not hard to go over if you are coming down a hill or if you get a little distracted.

“I think five per cent over the signed limit should be tolerated.”



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