Are mobile phone cameras saving lives or just another revenue stream for the
You may have noticed a bit of debate lately around the removal of warning
signs on mobile speed cameras. In fact, Revenue NSW has released figures
that show an increase in speeding fines since warning signs were removed and
mobile speed camera vehicles became unmarked.
Livetribers, do you think the goverrment genuinely cares about saving lives
or are they more interested in lining their pockets? Let us know what you
Posted by on 12 Feb 2021
Of course the pocket lining is great for the state, but I thought there were
more distance limit speed cameras these days, where you are photographed going
through the speed camera at x speed at 0.00pm and then again at the next camera
at 0.20pm and then the distance is calculated to see how fast you have travelled
between the cameras and if it is over the speed limit, then you get fined
anyway. I know there are many of these type devices here in Victoria. Of course
it only keeps the honest drivers honest, but the sting in the wallet may make
more drivers honest as well.
I think removing the warning signs in NSW was a great idea. What good does it
do if someone slows down just to pass the speed camera, then speeds off well
over the limit. I have seen this happen many times. I spent most of my adult
life in Victoria where there were no warning signs and I never received a
speeding ticket because I don't drive over the speed limit. When I moved to NSW
I was amazed how many people drove well over the speed limit. In fact very few
people ever drove at the limit and would get aggressive with you if you did. It
really is time to put an end to this and speed cameras without warning signs
will help. Hitting people's hip pockets might teach them a lesson not to speed.
It is simple - if you don't want a fine, don't speed. The life you save might
be your own.
If you believe you are responsible enough to control a car then you should be
responsible enough to cop a ticket if you are caught speeding. Whether the
camera is hidden or not doesn't make them annoying. It is getting pinged for a
fine you know you could have avoided. If that bruises a driver's wallet -
perhaps it also helps remind them to take better care driving for their own sake
and others on teh road?
This is a topic i have always had trouble trying to reconcile . Let me take you
back a number of years before metrics , the speed limit was 35mph in a built up
area ie. 60km in today's terms .Cars were not built with safety in mind and
engines were generally big 6's or V8"s , the braking systems? were both front
and rear drum brakes , no safety belts or baby seats . Let's fast forward to
today's vehicles , all have seat belts and warning , in fact more alarms and
sensors than Fort Knox , the braking is disc front and rear and most with
smaller engines . A lot of modern day technology comes from F1 and these are mum
and dad cars . Cars can brake quicker , corner better and travel faster .
Lowering speed limits is not the answer , but that's all the authorities have to
use as a benchmark , an old fashioned law being applied to modern day cars .
Sure you will always get idiots doing dumb things , but we had them back then !
As they say the law is an Ass .
Probably both. If you speed beyond a posted limit and you are caught ....
It's your fault......deal with it and change your behaviour .....it may save you
or another's life.....this is coming from a Paramedic of over 30 years!!!
In Qld mobile speed cameras and unmarked vehicles can pop up anywhere and fixed
cameras are not marked, There are general warnings that speed cameras may be
operating in an area, but that is all. I agree with this approach because all
the signed speed cameras do is get drivers to slow down for that couple of
hundred metres and are not a deterrent.
As we've never had warning signs in Victoria NSW drivers don't realise how lucky
they've been. They should stop complaining because they've had it good for a
long time and all good things eventually come to an end.
Having said that IMO unmarked speed cameras anywhere are only revenue raisers
and do little or nothing to save lives and strategically placed visible police
cars are more of a deterrent than sneaky cameras which do nothing on the day to
slow a driver down.