Speed traps ignoring safety and filling government pockets.

by retired Senator Bill O’Chee

Since when was the solution to the problem of signs that were too small and difficult to see, to replace them with no signs at all? When they alert you to the presence of a police mobile speed camera, of course!

At least that is the excuse given by Queensland Police for eliminating signs warning drivers of a "Speed camera in use."

Inspector Alan Hales, the head of the Road Policing Command, said people had complained the signs were too small.

Now there are no signs at all.

Cynics might say that the decision, which took effect on July 1, might not be wholly unrelated to the increase in speeding fines that took place on the same day. Those cynics would be right.

According to the Queensland Government’s webpage on speed and red light cameras, the money received is used to pay for road safety. The Queensland Government spent $65.9m of speed camera revenue on road improvements in 2013-14, with a further $8m on road safety awareness, and a little under $5m on other hospital and injury programmes.

However that’s a small slice of the revenue they receive. Governments of all persuasions are coy about speed camera revenue, but motor vehicle insurer Allianz estimated Queensland Government revenue from speeding fines at some $300m in 2011-12.

With increases in speeding fines, and more speed cameras, the current revenue will be much, much higher. That being the case, one would have thought there was little reason to be sneaky about it as well.

Of course, the advantage to being sneaky is that it will be harder for people to call in the location of speed cameras to those helpful people on radio stations, who then tell the rest of us where they are.

No doubt there are some readers who are vehemently disagreeing with me at this point, and saying that if people speed they should be fined. That is indeed the law, but is the point of the traffic laws to punish people and raise revenue, or to prevent accidents? If it is to prevent accidents, then we should be open and honest about the enforcement of speed limits.

This gets us back to the location of police speed traps. According to police, they are located at places where there are frequent accidents.

The truth is they are often at the bottom of inclines, even slight ones, where people can creep a couple of kilometres an hour over the speed limit without intending to do so. The beginning of Coronation Drive after the Go Between Bridge is a favourite haunt.

And police certainly love roads where the speed limit changes. The ICB is a favourite. Westbound traffic has a 70 km/h zone, which drops to 60 km/h after the Clem 7 entrance, then goes back up to 70 km/h before the entrance to the Legacy Way, only to drop down to 60 km/h again barely 400m later. The Road Policing Command loves it.

In the 1990s I spent three years as Chairman of the Road Black Spot Consultative Committee. Every year I’d get a list of the worst accident sites in Queensland and I’d frequently drive out to inspect them. I never saw a police speed trap at a traffic black spot, but I’d see a lot of them on safe locations along the way.

That’s the problem. The emphasis is on making money, not preventing accidents. And the more police indulge in sneakiness to maximise fines, the less confidence the public will have in their road safety programme.


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One of the few patriots left who understands the system and how it has been totally subverted under every citizen's nose. If we can help to turn it around we will, otherwise our children will have nothing. Our investigations show there is no 'government' of the people for the people of Australia. The removal of the Crown from Australian Parliaments, followed by the incorporation of Parliaments aided by the Australia Act 1987 has left us with corporate government with policies not laws, that apply only to members of political parties and the public service. There is no law, other than the Common Law. This fact will be borne out in the near future as numerous legal challenges in place now, come to a head soon.

Posted on July 18, 2015, in General. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. There are those amongst us that are regarded as “conspiracy theorists”. It is no longer theory, it’s provable.
    So let’s look at speeding fines, never bother to protest speeding fines, rather, challenge the act that makes the recorded velocity illegal.
    BACKGROUND: – There has never been a referendum to stand aside the 1901 constitution (it can ONLY be stood aside [or altered] by referendum), therefore it is still the only valid constitution. That constitution contains several important mandates,: –
    (1) that the Australian Parliament is instituted under the constitution, therefore has no power to alter the constitution.
    (2) that Queen Victoria, her heirs and successors, are at the head of the Australian Parliament.
    (3) that the Reigning Monarch must assent to any ACT for it to become a statute (law).

    For the purpose of brevity I will ignore the 1930 question, and jump directly to Whitlam’s 1972/3 Australian Constitution. Aside from the consideration that it is treason, because it writes Her Excellent Majesty Queen 11 of The House of Windsor, out of the head of parliament (crimes act 1914- treason is defined as a “breach of allegiance”); insofar as She no longer has any authority under the “Australian Constitution” to assent to laws and the VALID 1901 constitution demands that She assent to all acts to become law, THERE HAS BEEN NO ROYAL ASSENT (from the Monarch) SINCE, AT LEAST,1972/3, THEREFORE THERE HAVE BEEN NO LAWS SINCE THAT TIME.
    Demand that the Police Service produce EVIDENCE of royal assent and letters patent for any law that they rely upon for the prosecution, their failure to so do is evidence that no such law exists.
    If necessary subpoena the evidence in court, and tell them that you will do so before hand, they will likely drop the case.

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