Dishonest speed camera tactics

LETTER OF THE MONTH

Andrew McKinna, NSW

IíVE BEEN a salesman for a long time, doing long distances (more than 50,000km per year) for the last 25 years, and I like to think Iím a reasonably competent driver. I live in Sydney but Iím often in Victoria and Queensland.

Like most readers I dislike speed cameras (almost as much as the Sydney takeaway shops who want to put either chicken salt or gravy on my chips) but at least in NSW the camera locations are signposted.

If you have your photo taken, itís because youíre not paying attention.

In Victoria, the practice of placing speed cameras behind road signs, on overhead sign gantries, or on the backs of bridges Ė all to catch you without your knowledge Ė seems dishonest.

The Queensland practise of using large four-wheel drives, or other less obvious cars, for their mobile speed cameras seems just as devious as the Victorian practise of hiding them, though they do seem to have less cameras.

If the objective was to reduce driversí speed, why not make the hardware obvious? See it, slow down, job done.

For road safety, sensible speed limits are a good starting point; honest communication on the part of the rule-makers would be a good next step.

Iíd like to think governments were honest with their reasons for having speed cameras, and place them according to the objectives they claim. The fact that governments have chosen to place dash cams in police cars, effectively removing any discretion cops once had, just adds insult to injury.