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NRMA blasts ACT Govt over Greed Cameras

By Felix the Cat 2 September 2007 68

NRMA president Alan Evans has blasted the ACT Government over speed cameras, saying they were “ineffective and ill-conceived and calling them “revenue raisers”.

According to this article in The Canberra Times in the last financial year mobile, fixed speed and red light cameras generated $7.9 million in revenue, up from $6.4million for the previous period.

In a related article in The Chronicle there are some statistics regarding road accidents. According to the article the number of on-road (as opposed to off-road??) crashes in the ACT for the 12 months ending July 07 was 6535. That figure 100 more than for the same period last year.

The greed cameras obviously aren’t working, people are too busy driving along watching their speedo rather than the road and so are having more accidents. I thought road safety was supposed to be the whole purpose of these cameras?

Solution is of course is to get more of these cameras, that is bound to fix the problem…

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JC 2:14 pm 08 Sep 07

“Watch Northbourne intersection at the moment with London Circuit. Roadworks and a 40km speed limit. They may well have recalibrated the speed camera just for that.

Comment by Ralph — 3 September, 2007 @ 9:07 am”

Ralph, the rules for speed cameras in the ACT is that in road work areas speed camera’s are only allowed to use the normal speed limit and not the reduced one. That is why you will see coppers policing roadworks and never see a van. The same rules apply for fixed camera too.

Ingeegoodbee 10:38 pm 07 Sep 07

In my early 20’s I managed to get pinged prodding a worked 911SC to just a tad over 200. My court appearance was reported in the legal section of The Age (along with all the other court reports) but no big storey – but that was two odd decades ago.

el 7:55 pm 07 Sep 07

220km/h? *That* would’ve made the news. (Yep, I’m calling Stanhope a liar).

Felix the Cat 7:28 pm 07 Sep 07

I heard a report on the radio news (can’t find anything online, Canberra Times is hopeless online) with John Stanhope defending the new speed camera saying over 80 people have been booked by them already and that one person was clocked at 220km/h on the Tuggeranong Parkway. That is just an utterly stupid speed to go at and this person deserves to have the book thrown at them – several times, very hard.

el 5:37 pm 07 Sep 07

3 LANES even.

el 5:01 pm 07 Sep 07

Hindmarsh Drive – 3 lines each way and it’s an 80 zone.

Cameron 3:03 pm 07 Sep 07

“It all comes down to those other things such as day dreaming, on the mobile, listening to doof doof music, being drunk or being a dickhead in a hotted up car, who thinks it’s fun to drag people off the lights and see how fast their car can go.”

I couldn’t agree more. The way to fix that is to make it incredibly tough to obtain your drivers license and weed out all the dickheads.

Speed cameras used under the circumstances we have been describing are not a deterrent, they are not for safety’s sake, they are revenue.

If I’m in a ridiculous speed zone, and there are all too many, I will certainly go over the limit by up to 10 if I feel it is safe to do so. That section of the Monaro that I mentioned earlier is a good example – so is Lanyon Dr, so is Namatjira (though I’m a lot less inclined to disobey the limit there due to the proximity of the homes – which for mine is a solid reason for a 60 zone).

Aeek 9:58 pm 06 Sep 07

How many car/motorbikes is that lately? Didn’t we just have 5 in 1 week?

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