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Barton Highway Speed Cameras

By GungahlinGrrl - 19 August 2008 32

Since the beginning of this term when my son started weekly flute lessons in Melba, my husband has collected two fines and my father one fine heading back into Gungahlin from the Barton Highway fixed speed cameras.

We are not habitual speeders (at least, not the ones picked up by well labeled and visible speed cameras) so I would like to find out where we can access the statistics for this particular camera.

I am very interested to hear if others have been “pinged” by this camera, and feel it unlikely they were speeding at the time.

What’s Your opinion?


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Barton Highway Speed Cameras
vandam 3:31 pm 19 Aug 08

I think you will find that those camera’s operate over a time distance equation. (So I’ve been told anyway)

IE; time travelled over a certain period over a certain time equals a speed.

Basically if your doing 120kph before the camera and hit the brakes as your passing it, it’s going to register that you were speeding.

Even though people are saying request the photo everytime, be aware it costs you like $20 to get the photo.

Spitfire3 3:10 pm 19 Aug 08

You just need to think of them as a voluntary tax system. I don’t see how anyone can complain.

Once there are a lot more of them around Canberra, I reckon the govt should then remove all the warning signs placed before them. That way, we’ll all have to rely on our stupid brains to remember when we’re approaching one, or just get in the habit of driving at the speed limit, or start cutting back on luxuries in the family budget.

Granny 2:39 pm 19 Aug 08

Good Stanhopian logic … heh heh heh!

Granny 2:37 pm 19 Aug 08

amarooresident said :

Granny said :

I pass them often – pretty useless once you know they are there.

You don’t speed though and that’s the point isn’t it?

It certainly does deter speeding for several tens of metres or so, which would probably make it quite an expensive speed free zone. That just leaves the rest of the Barton Hwy.

Overheard 2:22 pm 19 Aug 08

I swear I’m going back to Internet and typing school.

The above was in response to this from above: “I don’t buy it. For non-functional cameras, I see maintenance people tinkering with them an awful lot (like, once every couple of weeks) and I can also assure you that the innards of the box look very convincingly real, at least at a glance. Maybe the maintenance people are sent out just to enhance the illusion?”

Overheard 2:21 pm 19 Aug 08

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Pesty 2:19 pm 19 Aug 08

Of all the cameras around the place, I reckon that the Gungahlin bound set is the one most likely to catch you out. I say tear them all down and put up ‘Kinetic art” with stupid latin names! less contoversal?

amarooresident 2:17 pm 19 Aug 08

Granny said :

I pass them often – pretty useless once you know they are there.

You don’t speed though and that’s the point isn’t it?

Granny 1:31 pm 19 Aug 08

I pass them often – pretty useless once you know they are there.

smeeagain 12:32 pm 19 Aug 08

Maybe it’s time to have your speedo calibrated?

Spectra 11:20 am 19 Aug 08

I have been told the cameras near Gold Creek are non-functional and only there as a deterrant

I don’t buy it. For non-functional cameras, I see maintenance people tinkering with them an awful lot (like, once every couple of weeks) and I can also assure you that the innards of the box look very convincingly real, at least at a glance. Maybe the maintenance people are sent out just to enhance the illusion? Seems to me like it would be financially more sensible to just have the cameras working…

I also drive past both sets of cameras, in both directions every day at the speed limit and have yet to be pinged. As has been suggested, if you’re really convinced there was no speeding being done, I’d get pictures.

Aurelius 11:17 am 19 Aug 08

Ferret,
They’d be more of a deterrent if they were active, as well as being revenue-positive. I think that’d be more likely.

Growling Ferret 11:00 am 19 Aug 08

I assume this is the speed camera on the Barton Highway next to Gungahlin Drive?

I have been told the cameras near Gold Creek are non-functional and only there as a deterrant, but I am not prepared to belt past them at 100 just to find out…

PinkysBrain 10:57 am 19 Aug 08

I travel past these cameras everyday in both directions at the speed limit and have not been pinged. I would request the photos and make sure that it was your car if you are sure that you weren’t speeding.

Aurelius 10:26 am 19 Aug 08

ALWAYS request the pictures.
They don’t prove you were speeding, but they often enough have errors in them that make them worth seeing, and appealing.

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