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Foiled again by ‘Revenue Raising Speed Cameras’

By deezagood - 4 August 2008 38

Just about every day I drive along the Monaro Highway, usually adhering to the speed limit like the good little citizen that I am, only to be passed by H&Bs (hoons and bogans) blasting past me in their H&Bmobiles, driving at the speed of sound.

What really irks me is that they slow carefully past the ‘Revenue Raising Speed Cameras’ (RRSCs) before speeding back up again, slowing past the next camera, speeding back up etc…  How, I ask you, is this supposed to be keeping the Monaro safe for all drivers? Even more irksome is the fact that after 23 years of an unblemished driving history and one momentary lapse of concentration (obviously right in front on an RRSC), I was just issued a speeding fine for committing the heinous crime of doing 87 kms in an 80km zone on the said highway.

Yes – I committed the crime and must therefore ‘do the time’ (or at very least pay my debt to society) – but I do still feel a wee bit cranky about those pesky RRSCs (and the H&Bs who, due to careful planning and a high level of RRSC awareness, probably never cop a fine). 

What’s Your opinion?


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38 Responses to
Foiled again by ‘Revenue Raising Speed Cameras’
Vic Bitterman 9:59 pm 04 Aug 08

deezagood said :

That is an interesting concept Bighead – I wonder if this has been tried anywhere?

Yes this is common in Victoria starting on the Hume Hwy near Seymour, all the way down to Geelong (Hume -> Ring Rd -> Princes Freeway).

They are called ‘point to point’ cameras.

They take a picture of the front and rear of every passing vehicle and calculate how long it took you to travel between them. So irrespective of whether you pass each set of cameras on the speed limit, if the calculations come back that you have been speeding between them, a fine is issued.

aronde 9:57 pm 04 Aug 08

The concept of detecting speeding offences by the time elapsed between two given points on the road is used somewhere in Asia. Can’t remember where but about 5 years ago a mate of mine got pinged travelling between two toll stations – his elapsed time between the two meant he averaged 25km/h over the limit!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:46 pm 04 Aug 08

How so VYBerlina? What would be the point?

Different people will have different ideas about how ‘not to get caught’, some of which will include trying to maintain speed until the 2nd checkpoint then slowing markedly. My suspicion is that the variation in ‘techniques’ for not getting caught will cause more angst and confusion as people alter speed at different parts of the speed trap.

dragonflygal 9:39 pm 04 Aug 08

Thanks Madman – good advice!

The thing that frustrates me the most about speed cameras – when people jam on their brakes as soon as they see one – even if they’re doing 5 under. Reflex I guess!

madman 9:26 pm 04 Aug 08

You could always detest the fine if you got it and say the lights were flashing therefore it was packing up/setting up and didn’t have it’s display sign up.

The lights are there for occupational health reasons for when the operator is on the outside of the vehicle; usually taking the sign up and down or changing the speed limit sign on it. Hopefully you had a passanger witness…

deezagood 9:20 pm 04 Aug 08

How so VYBerlina? What would be the point?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:16 pm 04 Aug 08

The trouble with this type of approach is that instead of the traffic slowing together around the speed cameras, they will try to speed up and slow down, causing even more anarchy.

dragonflygal 9:13 pm 04 Aug 08

Thanks madman – I hate the idea of getting ‘done’ by a speed van, given they are often parked in places where you can see them well over 100 metres away! The flash did go off, but only once.

deezagood 9:13 pm 04 Aug 08

That is an interesting concept Bighead – I wonder if this has been tried anywhere?

madman 9:09 pm 04 Aug 08

dragonflygal said :

I think I got one today too – on Belconnen Way…. in the dark….with the van’s orange lights flashing… yeah, I probably deserved it but….I’m hoping they got the guy beside me!

Dragon – usually when the lights are flashing they are not in operation and are either setting up or packing down.
They have 28 days to issue you an infringement – but in this case I don’t think you will get one…. 🙂

Pandy 9:08 pm 04 Aug 08

Diddums

johnboy 9:07 pm 04 Aug 08

I think we’d all like to see more visible policing picking up all the other dangerous behaviours other than just speeding.

Having said that I’m a fan of fixed, signposted cameras.

Anyone who is going over the limit, and misses all those signs, is not driving well and is a danger to all.

bighead 9:05 pm 04 Aug 08

I suggest this with some caution. While I am not a fan of speed cameras at all. I do not have an issue with watching the speeds that drivers are doing. One thing that seems to come up every so often is the idea of actually putting markers on certain points of the road and working out the time it takes to travel between the two distances. This would be more expensive to set up but I feel it would be a more appropriate solution. Also an increase in the number of MARKED police cars on the road would be a massive help.

dragonflygal 9:00 pm 04 Aug 08

I think I got one today too – on Belconnen Way…. in the dark….with the van’s orange lights flashing… yeah, I probably deserved it but….I’m hoping they got the guy beside me!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 8:57 pm 04 Aug 08

This has been done to death. Everyone knows that speed cameras don’t achieve a thing except raising revenue.

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