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Big brother gets his groove on. Point to point is hot to trot

By johnboy - 22 September 2011 65

A busy Simon Corbell has informed us that his point-to-point speed camera legislation has passed the Legislative Assembly.

The first point to point system is being built on Hindmarsh Drive and is expected to become operational later this year. A second system is expected to be commissioned in 2012.

The system uses cameras equipped with with Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, and scans photographs to identify vehicle numberplates. The system takes time-stamped photographs of vehicles as they pass two places (detection points) set at a known distance apart. If the average speed exceeds the average speed limit between those points, an infringement notice for a speeding offence may be issued.

ANPR technology is already used in the ACT, as part of ACT Policing’s RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates IDentified) system to detect offences involving unregistered or uninsured vehicles and unlicensed drivers.

“The system photographs only the back of vehicles and the images do not identify drivers or riders,” Mr Corbell said.

“There are strong safeguards to protect personal information, and the legislation explicitly restricts access to and use of these images. Images that do not show offences will be destroyed after 14 days.

Simon assures us they won’t be used to track our movements.

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Big brother gets his groove on. Point to point is hot to trot
qbngeek 11:19 am 23 Sep 11

Evil_Kitten said :

Does anyone know when the ones on the Federal Highway are going to come into effect? Or is it for trucks only?

As for Hindmarsh, I think I will just avoid that road when they come in. Too much speedo watching for my liking! Also, weren’t they supposed to go all the way to the Monaro Highway? Why is there a second set of poles as you come over the hill on that first downward part in Red Hill?

It needs to be set up between the traffic lights or it will be worse than useless

p1 11:19 am 23 Sep 11

Palifox said :

“There are strong safeguards to protect personal information, and the legislation explicitly restricts access to and use of these images. Images that do not show offences will be destroyed after 14 days.”

Why do they need to keep the images 14 days? If you were not speeding, why can’t they delete the image 1 second later? Would save a lot of data storage space.

Innovation 11:11 am 23 Sep 11

#1 RedDogInCan – I know it’s not a traditional P2P but doesn’t the M7 measure speed over distance and pass on the info to let law enforcement issue traffic infringements?

Personally, I don’t know why all the fuss. Action’s MyWay collects (and probably stores) details of commuter trips every day and I don’t recall people complaining.

As for the cameras. It would be great if they reduce speeding and monitoring speeding is better than not monitoring any driving offences at all. And, provided I don’t get booked, any revenue raised from P2Ps etc, hopefully, means that I pay less taxes somewhere else.

My only gripe is that there should be more accountability. Any revenue gained should be identifiable and committed to specific services eg, policing, roads, public transport, so we can see some sort of improvement.

Very Busy 10:39 am 23 Sep 11

Mysteryman said :

what_the said :

What a fvcking waste of money of this mindless obsession with speed enforcement – only one of hundreds of variables required to drive a car.

Yep. Agreed.

I don’t blame the government entirely, though. I blame the people who voted for them.

Same here!! …….and the clever people who think they’re teaching the major parties a lesson by voting green who are totally oblivious to the fact that they’re really voting Labor. ..shakes head..

Now I wait for all the “If we had an alternative” replies….you are the problem. To get anywhere in life, you need to take risks.

Back to the subject of point to point speed cameras: It should be of real concern that drivers on Hindmarsh Drive will need to be more focused on looking down at their speedo than watching the road and surroundings ahead.

johnboy 10:38 am 23 Sep 11

The thing with speed is it’s the variable most easily quantified.

Jim Jones 10:36 am 23 Sep 11

what_the said :

What a fvcking waste of money of this mindless obsession with speed enforcement – only one of hundreds of variables required to drive a car.

And yet somehow I suspect they’ll make their money back pretty quickly.

It may be only one of hundreds of variables required to drive a car, but for some reason it’s the one that many people think is unimportant or just doesn’t apply to them.

Speaking of which, where’s Mr G? He can always be guaranteed to argue the case that speed limits are a dangerous imposition on his freedom and that they cause accidents … and look at the sexy newsreader!

Erg0 10:23 am 23 Sep 11

Palifox said :

And how far apart are these points? Suppose I drive from Weston Creek to Fyshwick and fluke most of the traffic lights green. My point to point speed is far higher than usual, even though I may be 5kph below the posted limits all the way.

But your average speed will still be under the speed limit, so I’m not sure what you’re getting at here.

Mysteryman 10:19 am 23 Sep 11

what_the said :

What a fvcking waste of money of this mindless obsession with speed enforcement – only one of hundreds of variables required to drive a car.

Yep. Agreed.

I don’t blame the government entirely, though. I blame the people who voted for them.

Palifox 10:19 am 23 Sep 11

“There are strong safeguards to protect personal information, and the legislation explicitly restricts access to and use of these images. Images that do not show offences will be destroyed after 14 days.”

Yeah, right. How long is that going to last? I’d give it five years maximum before the regulations are changed to make the records last a lot longer if not permanent.

And how far apart are these points? Suppose I drive from Weston Creek to Fyshwick and fluke most of the traffic lights green. My point to point speed is far higher than usual, even though I may be 5kph below the posted limits all the way.

Solidarity 10:16 am 23 Sep 11

Anyone have a white VX Commodore I can borrow for half an hour? I want to get done for 700+ km/h over the limit.

addicus 9:59 am 23 Sep 11

Another way to have less requirement for less police presence and to rake in more revenue. We are really being looked after here as taxpayers. This will save so many lives…..end sarcasm. If speeding is such a huge issue , why not install limiters nationally in cars so we can’t speed…..ah no revenue then. That would save much more lives ……no sarcasm intended this time. I really wish they would spend more on infrastructure rather then just clear revenue makers, like enough parking for everyone…ah again more ”needed’ revenue. I guess most of the parking areas are privatised now, and the road tolls are privatised or contracted out , so not even the Government is directly organising getting the cash from us. They let the companies do the ‘work’ set the ‘rules’ and then sit back and laugh while taxpayers fight over being charged for something that has no real requirement to exist in the first place other then to make money. Then the Government collects any tax from it, with not a care in the world, and no accountability. What a wonderful system we all keep well financed.

what_the 9:35 am 23 Sep 11

What a fvcking waste of money of this mindless obsession with speed enforcement – only one of hundreds of variables required to drive a car.

Evil_Kitten 10:55 pm 22 Sep 11

Does anyone know when the ones on the Federal Highway are going to come into effect? Or is it for trucks only?

As for Hindmarsh, I think I will just avoid that road when they come in. Too much speedo watching for my liking! Also, weren’t they supposed to go all the way to the Monaro Highway? Why is there a second set of poles as you come over the hill on that first downward part in Red Hill?

toriness 10:29 pm 22 Sep 11

RedDogInCan said :

This is going to be interesting for our interstate visitors. NSW also has point to point speed cameras but only for heavy vehicles. The NSW signage is a bit vague in that respect and anyone from NSW, on seeing similar signs in the ACT, would probably make the assumption to their detriment that the cameras were only for heavy vehicles here as well.

it’ll be fun tricking NSW folk into putting money into ACT coffers though won’t it? not to mention if they’re breaking the law (ie travelling faster than signposted speed limits), it doesn’t matter whether they come from – NSW or the moon – then getting caught is their own problem!

RedDogInCan 10:03 pm 22 Sep 11

This is going to be interesting for our interstate visitors. NSW also has point to point speed cameras but only for heavy vehicles. The NSW signage is a bit vague in that respect and anyone from NSW, on seeing similar signs in the ACT, would probably make the assumption to their detriment that the cameras were only for heavy vehicles here as well.

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