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ACT speed cameras – Wet paper bag?

By gooterz - 29 June 2014 31

Further to damning report about the non-strategy of deploying speed cameras in the ACT, the Canberra times has now written an article to state that many of the speed cameras have been out of action for months/years, some of our most expensive speed camera’s aren’t even making a cent.

Ginninderra Drive and Coulter Drive in Florey – Last online January 2012.
Marconi Crescent and Drakeford Drive in Kambah – Last online February 2013
Hindmarsh Drive and Yamba Drive in Mawson – Last online August 2013
Tuggeranong Parkway at Hindmarsh Drive – Last online February 2014.

Only 2 of the 5 mobile speed vans are able to be used.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/speed-cameras-out-of-action-on-busy-canberra-roads-20140626-zsmll.html

Its fairly damning of the current government.
Speed cameras are something that most people would think fairly easy to manage. This is a government who wants to build and manage some of the largest infrastructure projects since self-government.

How many years will light rail be out of action and awaiting parts for repair?

What’s Your opinion?


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ACT speed cameras – Wet paper bag?
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bigred 10:01 am
29 Jun 14
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I guess the marked police vehicles on our roads are taking up the slack.

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bundah 10:56 am
29 Jun 14
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bigred said :

I guess the marked police vehicles on our roads are taking up the slack.

Ha oh yes they’re everywhere. You’d be lucky to see a handful during daylight hours!

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Garfield 11:11 am
29 Jun 14
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bigred said :

I guess the marked police vehicles on our roads are taking up the slack.

That’s got to be sarcasm right? I hardly ever see police cars on ACT roads. If they were out there they could pick up every second vehicle for speeding and/or tail gating.

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JC 11:19 am
29 Jun 14
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Why is it damning of the government? Please give a good answer, not some rant, and do you think if the Liberals were in power it would be any different?

I mean to say the cameras are old and parts hard to come by. If the government decided to upgrade them I reckon you would be one of the first jumping up and down saying how it is a waste of money and fairly damning of the government. Never mind of course reality.

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Mysteryman 12:18 pm
29 Jun 14
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This is the one example of the ACT Government’s incompetence that doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

They use these cameras purely to add revenue to the budget. They don’t make roads safer and they don’t alter driver behaviour, and yet time and again we are lied to and told that those two reasons are why the cameras are used. It’s a flat out lie. Looking through the statistics from pre and post speed camera introduction in the ACT, it’s clear that the type of speeding that causes fatalities continues to take place regardless of cameras (ie, greater than 40 or 50km/h over the limit – and often in stolen vehicles). If the government wanted to make the roads safer, they could do so by targeting the sorts of behaviour that poses a real threat – running red lights, drink driving, stolen vehicles, etc. That would require a greater police presence on the road though, and would probably result in less money being contributed towards the budget, so there’s little chance that will ever happen.

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John Moulis 12:38 pm
29 Jun 14
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They’re working on it. I noticed the other day when returning from the gym in Fyshwick three men working in the pouring rain installing a new cam at the Hindmarsh/Yamba intersection. It’s taking a while because they were still at it two days later.

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Felix the Cat 2:28 pm
29 Jun 14
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So if these are truly “safety cameras” then how come the road toll hasn’t dramatically increased while the cameras have been out of order? Maybe it’s because they are there for revenue raising and not safety.

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gooterz 2:29 pm
29 Jun 14
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We’re also getting 11 new camera’s (Not sure if these mean the replacement cameras or new ones).

I don’t agree with speed cameras, they do nothing but increase the number of accidents around them.

However, we’re spending money on these and spending money on new ones. We’re just throwing money away which could otherwise be spend on more active police.

Police road patrols would be offices going to or from other obligations. Now we have speed camera’s those officers are replaced with machines that just do traffic duties and the other obligations are told sorry, we don’t come out anymore.

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Tooks 4:42 pm
29 Jun 14
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Garfield said :

bigred said :

I guess the marked police vehicles on our roads are taking up the slack.

That’s got to be sarcasm right? I hardly ever see police cars on ACT roads. If they were out there they could pick up every second vehicle for speeding and/or tail gating.

You haven’t been here long I take it. Bigred is the resident anti police troll. The reason you don’t see marked police cars is because there’s bugger all of them. The ones that are there are dealing with more important stuff than traffic, like assaults, property damage, theft, breach of orders etc etc.

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milkman 6:44 pm
29 Jun 14
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Just another example of how the ACT government drops ideas once they’re past the initial media frenzy. People know where the cameras are and slow down anyway. They don’t achieve a thing.

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JC 7:49 pm
29 Jun 14
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milkman said :

Just another example of how the ACT government drops ideas once they’re past the initial media frenzy. People know where the cameras are and slow down anyway. They don’t achieve a thing.

So people slow down hey? Isn’t that the whole idea. More so on those at intersections. What would you rather people continue to speed through and cop a fine?

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bundah 10:34 pm
29 Jun 14
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JC said :

milkman said :

Just another example of how the ACT government drops ideas once they’re past the initial media frenzy. People know where the cameras are and slow down anyway. They don’t achieve a thing.

So people slow down hey? Isn’t that the whole idea. More so on those at intersections. What would you rather people continue to speed through and cop a fine?

Yes peeps do slow down at intersections where there’s speed/red light cameras and then immediately speed up. There is no greater deterrence than high vis policing which the geniuses in the assembly aren’t interested in implementing because that means more police and they hate that concept.

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milkman 6:58 am
30 Jun 14
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JC said :

milkman said :

Just another example of how the ACT government drops ideas once they’re past the initial media frenzy. People know where the cameras are and slow down anyway. They don’t achieve a thing.

So people slow down hey? Isn’t that the whole idea. More so on those at intersections. What would you rather people continue to speed through and cop a fine?

Huh? Not what I meant at all. I was referring to speed cameras on places like the Monaro Highway, which are straight, wide and have more than one lane.

I’m a definite fan of red light cameras, but having speed cameras at intersections just makes people slow down first, then hurry though right on the limit, which is not conducive to either safety or good traffic flow. It would be better for people to observe their surrounding at intersections rather than stare at the speedo.

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watto23 9:43 am
30 Jun 14
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The issue with speed cameras, is they can’t catch bad drivers, or at least bad driving decisions.

Saturday morning it had started raining and right turn at lights in Fyshwick onto Monaro had some road works going on. I was at the front of the lights when they turned green, only to have someone in the straight ahead lane decide he was turning right and basically went around me to get in front. The car behind me honked the horn, at the time I assumed due to the guy going around the outside, but he then drove past me well above the speed limit as I was doing 100, giving me the finger, all because I slowed to avoid the idiot who would have caused an accident. The guy behind me is just a dickhead the other guy though could have killed someone, my only guess is there was still a long line of cars to turn right, still doesn’t excuse that kind of driving.

Doing something like that IMO is worthy of immediate loss of license, but there will never be a police officer around. I’d rather have cameras at intersections and if someone drives like a idiot, you can let the police know the time and date of the incident and they can look at the video and issue a fine.

Roudabouts are the other one, especially when people don’t realise its not giveway to the right, but giveway to vehicles on the roundabout, so you actually need to slow down when approaching the roundabout and not just assume you have right of way because you are on the right.

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VYBerlinaV8_is_back 10:19 am
30 Jun 14
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watto23 said :

I’d rather have cameras at intersections and if someone drives like a idiot, you can let the police know the time and date of the incident and they can look at the video and issue a fine.

The current cameras detect speed or red light change and take a still image. If someone isn’t speeding and doesn’t get caught in the still image they get away scott free. There is no video.

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