Welcome to victoria, the place where you can be caught speeding by the most variety of types of speed cameras, more than any place in the world. We have the most advanced technology to catch speeders, no joke mate, it scares me too.
Herald sun article from todays paper.
Secret hi-tech cameras nab 5000
By GENEVIEVE LALLY
MORE than 5000 drivers have been caught in a secret trial of new red-light speed cameras at just two intersections.
While drivers will escape $780,000 in fines, the results have spurred the State Government to push ahead with plans for 50 new hi-tech cameras.
The cameras, which will be moved between more than 50 intersection black spots, can issue two tickets simultaneously -- one for speeding and one for running a red light.
Victoria is one of the first states to introduce the technology into its extensive network of hidden cameras.
The secret VicRoads trial was conducted at two busy Melbourne intersections.
At one outer suburban intersection, 4400 motorists were caught speeding through red lights.
Of those, 1600 were exceeding the speed limit by 15km/h or more and 89 were clocked travelling more than 30km/h over.
The intersection was monitored on and off for 544 hours -- the equivalent of more than 22 days.
At an inner city site -- which had higher traffic volumes but fewer recorded crashes -- 687 drivers were speeding.
Traffic was measured for 320 hours and 181 motorists were clocked driving more than 15km/h too fast. Nine were speeding by at least 30km/h.
The decision to waive fines during the trials follows an outcry over a speed camera trial on the Monash Freeway that netted almost $10 million in three months.
But the Government still expects to collect almost $337 million in fines this year -- 85 per cent more than last year.
Transport Minister Peter Batchelor yesterday said he was shocked by the secret trial results.
"These figures are a recipe for road carnage and that's what we are trying to prevent," he said.
"People either don't understand how dangerous it is, or they are just prepared to chance their arm, and we want to put a stop to it."
Mr Batchelor said the Government planned to alert motorists to the presence of the cameras by placing warning signs at the intersections.
"Red-light cameras are currently sign-posted and we would see no reason to change that," he said.
It will be the first time in Victoria the exact location of a speed camera has been identified.
Opposition transport spokesman Geoff Leigh said installing the warning signs was a backflip by the Government.
He said the Government had until now refused to bow to public pressure to erect warning signs for speed cameras, leading to allegations they were more concerned with raising revenue than road safety.
He called on the Government to reveal all speed camera locations.
Mr Leigh warned that placing speed cameras at intersections could cause more accidents when motorists slammed on their brakes to avoid getting a ticket.
But Mr Batchelor said those fears were unfounded because road rules required motorists to approach an intersection in a safe manner.
Mr Batchelor said the Government investigated the cameras after research revealed side-impact crashes -- often the result of running red lights -- had risen steadily since 1988, but front-on accidents had dropped dramatically, he said.
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