Police in most states are making use of high resolution video cameras linked to ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) mobile computers which in turn are linked to police licensing databases via moblie internet services. No longer are drivers required to put licence stickers on vehicle window, because they are not obsolete.
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A total of 48 new Advanced Traffic Management Vehicles (ATMVs) have commenced operation in the Perth metropolitan and regional districts, just in time for the Easter Road Safety Campaign. I love the acronym ATM which is just what they are to the WA goverment but in reverse. "Reverse Automated Teller Machines" might have been a better and more accurate name for the system. Designed to make sure that you pay your vehicle registration and speeding fines. It's the teeth in the system to make sure that none of the little fish get away. It doesn't pay to hand out speeding fines with automated systems like the PoliscanSpeed camera, if their is no way to make sure that their are consequences to defaulting.
The ATMVs were financially supported by the Road Traffic Trauma Trust (our speeding fines) and built on technology trialled in the concept car which has now been integrated into WA Police systems.
The vehicles are set to change the way policing is done with a range of technologies being integrated into each vehicle. These include:
- Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system
- New TADIS+ with the same functionality but improved user interface
- Improved multi-application interfaces, including voice management
- Improved power management devices and systems
- Best practice vehicle marking
- Improved seating and related ergonomics.
The ANPR system identifies vehicles from various target lists including repeat drink drivers, warrants, persons-of-interest/vehicles-of-interest alerts and stolen vehicles, allowing both officers in the car to be scanning for offences to look for the really big crimes such as mobile phone use or seatbelt infractions.
The system is designed to make sure that you pay your vehicle registration and speeding fines. It's the teeth in the system to make sure that none of the little fish get away. It doesn't pay to hand out speeding fines with automated systems like the PoliscanSpeed camera, if their is no way to make sure that their are consequences to defaulting.Add a comment
The speed cameras on Memorial Drive at Corrimal could be turned off as part of a review by Transport for NSW.
"The review is looking at what road safety measures can be introduced to address existing road safety risks at the location and whether the fixed speed camera should continue operating," a Transport for NSW spokesman said.
The Memorial Drive site is one of five being scrutinised by the organisation's Centre for Road Safety following a review of all cameras that was released in July this year.
The review found that overall the number of crashes at fixed speed camera locations had fallen by 38 per cent, fatalities by 87 per cent and injuries by 37 per cent.
"While the review found that fixed speed cameras were improving safety at the majority of camera locations, five locations were recommended for a detailed review to determine whether the speed camera is effective at the location or to identify alternative road safety treatments," the spokesman said.
The Memorial Drive speed cameras were among the five identified for review because the cost to the community of fatalities and injuries in the five years after the installation of the cameras was greater than that of the five previous years.
"The analysis of the camera showed that crashes had decreased from 39 in the five years before the camera was installed, to 35 in the most recent five-year analysis period. Injuries had decreased from 29 to 18, however fatalities had increased," the spokesman said.
There was one fatality in the five years prior, and two in the five years after. Data collected in the July report also questioned the speed cameras' effectiveness on reducing the incidence of speeding.
The review involves an in-depth analysis of crashes along the road near the speed camera, an on-site inspection - which took place on December 3 - and public consultation.
The public can comment by emailing Camera.Location.Review @transportnsw.gov.au, writing to Speed camera safety review, PO Box K659, Haymarket, NSW, 1240 or phoning (02) 8265 7531.Add a comment
POLICE are investigating 24 mobile speed camera sites that may have been used to wrongly fine thousands of Victorian motorists for years.
Speed camera watchdog Gordon Lewis provided police with a list of suspect sites, most of which were on downhill stretches.
The list follows Mr Lewis's appeal through the Herald Sun for motorists to dob in dodgy speed camera sites.
It came after Mr Lewis exposed a shonky mobile camera site in Warrigal Rd, Surrey Hills, which was wrongly set up over the brow of a hill to snap motorists going down a steep slope.
Speeding fines issued from the site had to be scrapped after the discovery that the speed camera operator had not followed Victoria Police guidelines, which ban cameras being set up on a downhill slope unless the site had a significant speed-related collision record.
Mr Lewis said he would not identify the 24 camera sites until after police had confirmed whether they breached the guidelines. But the Herald Sun has discovered one site under investigation is in Humphries Rd, Frankston South.
Resident Jo Lane, a nurse, 47, said mobile speed cameras were regularly located on Humphries Rd between Bareena Drive and Darvell Lane.
"That is unfair as there is quite a slope there and it is easy to go just over the limit," Ms Lane said.
"It is not an area that is subjected to a lot of speeding and it certainly isn't an accident blackspot. Putting mobile cameras there smacks of revenue raising to me."
Victoria Police spokeswoman Catherine Allen defended the use of mobile speed cameras in Humphries Rd, despite it being at the bottom of a hill, saying it had been chosen because "it was identified by police to be a speed-related problem site".
However, since August 2002, only seven people have been caught exceeding the speed limit in Humphries Rd by more than 25km/h and of the 1757 motorists busted there in the past 10 years, 1336 were doing less than 10km/h over the 60km/h limit.
Mr Lewis said his plea to Herald Sun readers to dob in dodgy speed camera sites had produced a large number of responses.
"The complaints my office received were predominantly based on concerns that the road safety camera vehicles were sited on downhill gradients, within 300m of the bottom of a hill, or on a bend," he said.
"Victoria Police guidelines provide for circumstances where a regional traffic inspector can authorise the siting of a mobile safety camera on a downhill gradient, although this is not the norm."Add a comment
LEAD-FOOTED Tassie drivers are on notice, with police upgrading their speed camera collection and rolling out another three speed trailers across the state.
With speed the number-one crash factor for fatal and serious injury smashes in 2011, Tasmania Police say their 10 new mobile laser cameras worth a total of $600,000 will significantly enhance their ability to catch offenders.
The State Government has funded the new cameras to replace the ageing fleet which was creating significant problems because of outdated technology. With the locally notorious speed camera trailer prototype deemed a great success by police after a multi-month trial in the south, police have had another three bigger, better and bolder high-visibility trailers built to house some of the speed cameras.
"The trailers will be deployed to the southern, northern and western districts," Assistant Commissioner Donna Adams said. "The mobile laser cameras will be deployed in the high-visibility trailers and also in staffed police vehicles."
The trailers cost the MAIB $42,000. The need for the trailers arose after budget cuts forced Tasmania Police to make their civilian speed camera operator crew redundant earlier this year, forcing police officers to spend their shifts babysitting roadside cameras.
Luckily for police, the MAIB has made a major financial contribution to Tasmania Police's traffic operations this year, buying five handheld speed detection units, eight in-car radar speed devices, 40 hand-held breath testing units and refurbishing four roadside vans.
But with the prototype trailer a target for vandals in recent months traffic Sergeant Penny Reardon is warning speed camera haters to stay away from the new-breed models.
"These trailers are equipped with infrared cameras at the front and back that are recording constantly with the images live-streamed to the police station," she said.
"There are further mechanisms in place to ensure they cannot be opened or towed away, so our advice is 'do not try it'."Add a comment
Heral Sun 11th Aug 2012
A LANDMARK ruling could give Victorians access to previously secret speed camera data in a big boost to motorists fighting their speeding fines.
In what the Herald Sun believes to be a Victorian first, the Supreme Court has backed an accused speeder's right to secret government documents that should reveal the accuracy and service history of the camera that nabbed him.
Legal experts say the precedent could allow every driver to demand access to previously secret speed camera data when challenging their speeding fines.
Until now drivers have had to hire expensive experts to help prove the cameras may be faulty.
Driver Barry Lane had been fined five times in 19 days - three times at 106km/h, once at 107km/h and once at 112km/h - at the Dandenong Bridge overpass on EastLink in 2009.
France expects to fill its coffers by a record-breaking 700 million euros in revenue from speed camera fines in 2012 - a rise that has seen a corresponding fall in road deaths since fixed “radars” were introduced in 2003.
According to the French National Agency for Automatic Offences (ANTAI), fines paid as a result of speed traps have almost doubled since 2007 (362 million euros).
Meanwhile, the National Road Safety Agency (ONISR) reported a dramatic fall in the number of deaths on French roads, from 7,655 in 2002 to 3,963 in 2011.Add a comment
EXCLUSIVE - WA POLICE TOP SECRETS REVEALED - EXCLUSIVE
Infringement photo from a WA Police PoliscanSpeed camera with incorrect template watermark check. This infringement was unknowingly paid by it's driver. How many tickets have you paid in false speeding fines?
By PoliceSpeedCameras.info EXCLUSIVE 1st Aug 2012
The "white box" template watermark on PoliscanSpeed camera infringements is a double check, automatically generated by the speed camera and placed in the photo as a means of double checking that the camera captured the correct speed reading for the vehicle. If the white box is in the wrong spot, the infringement is worthless in court as evidence and should be put in the bin.
The questions that we are asking are:
1) Why is the template "white box" double check information being kept from the general public?
2) Why did the WA Government sign a 20 year non-disclosure agreement to keep it hidden from the general public?
3) How many of these FALSE infringements are being handed out for drivers to pay?
In my opinion, there are a significant number of these "false tickets" escaping review amounting to many thousands of dollars worth of ill gotten gains for the WA Government.
Don't bother getting out your magnifying glass and trying to view the white box template on your infringement notice. The photo is so small you will not see it clearly, if you can see it at all. Look for the link on the infringement that will allow you to view the high resolution camera photo online. This is the only way you will know the exact position of the white box.
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