Originally Posted by dave_au
The reason for this is so the courts system is not clogged with people contesting speeding fines and other, lessor misdemeanors. As bad as it sounds, sometimes you just have to cop it sweet; the issue at hand lies with the state parliment, not the judiciary.
Speed camera's, whether they are mounted on cars or fixed on freeway over-passes and intersections are nothing more than revenue raising.
Living in Victoria, our 'hungry' state government; like the windfall on stamp duty is not enough, has just put in place dozens of new fixed speed camera's at intersections. I see people slow-down as they go through intersections, and then just 'floor-it' straight after. You might say that "this is the point", but thats BS as the point, as stated by our state gov is to slow drivers down overall to save lives (not just through intersections).
Even the claimed reduction in road toll figures are fudged. as the reduction in deaths is purely of peadestrians only, not drivers !.
Even senior police in Victoria have admitted that these new camera's are nothing but revenue raises.
This situation is beginning to piss people off big time, and I can see many more people beginning to challenge their fines, and good on them !.
Imagine the cost to police and the judiciary if 9/10 fines were challenged. Unfortunately most people "have lives" and dont have the time to do it, and just pay it.
Considering car manufacturers only need to install speedo's within +/- 10% accuracy - as per Aust Design Rules, then either the ADRs need to be tightened up (ie..zero tolerance), or they should at least re-introduce the +/-10% flexibility. Why should consumers be hammered with the cost of having their speedo's tested, and then have to waste more of their time taking their car back to the manufacturer to have it corrected or replaced.
I assume the Federal government is responsible for the ADR's in relation to road vehicles, therefore they also need to act to either:
1. Tell the states to give a +10% tolerance before imposing fines, or they could withhold fedral funding for further road projects...
2. Update the ADR's to enforce zero tolerance on Speedo's (ie..must be 100% accurate, else manufacturers could be held accountable for fines if the speedo is tested and found to be inaccurate.