Neil Mitchell, 3AW has taken up the fight against the cameras and the fact that there are so many flaws in the system. The cameras have accuracy problems, there are clerical problems in processing the TINs, problems with identification of the alleged speeding vehicles.
Yeah, "Wipe off 5" we will still ping ya!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Herald Sun 31/07/03
Car can't top ticket speed
By CHRISTINE CAULFIELD
A MOTORIST who police claim was travelling at 158km/h is contesting the
fine because she drives a 30-year-old car she claims is incapable of
Vanessa Bridges, 31, of Altona, says it is impossible for her 1975
Datsun to travel more than 120km/h and police have made a mistake.
She said she was driving to Sunbury along the Western Ring Road when a
fixed camera allegedly caught her speeding between Forrest and St Albans
roads on Saturday, July 5.
Ten days later she received an infringement notice in the mail.
Police, who claimed she was doing 158km/h in a 100km/h zone, fined her
$430, slugged her with eight demerit points and cancelled her driver's
licence for a year.
"When I opened the letter I thought 'Oh my God', and when I saw the
speed I was supposed to have done I was shocked," she said.
"I couldn't believe it. The first thing I did was run out to the car in
the driveway and check what the speedometer actually reached.
"The highest speed on the speedometer is 160km/h and there is no way I
could have been doing that.
"My car just couldn't do that sort of speed.
"We've had the car tested on a dyno machine and the fastest speed the
mechanics could get it up to was 117km/h."
Ms Bridges, who works in an Altona pharmacy, said she had been fined for
speeding in her car only once before, years ago, when she was nabbed
driving 70km/h in a 60km/h zone.
This time she refuses to accept the fine and has hired a lawyer to
contest it, in court if necessary.
"Maybe the camera detected another car speeding and took a photo of
mine, or maybe it was a typing error and I was really travelling at 106.
Other than that I can't think of any reasonable explanation," she said.
"If I was doing 160km/h there must have been a lot of other cars doing
it too because there were plenty overtaking me."