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Speed Camera on the Barton Highway – Revenue Raising… Proof Positive

By Jonathon Reynolds - 5 October 2007 32

A couple of weeks ago I tried my hand at producing a YouTube video. I submitted a link to that video as a comment in regard to an article on speed cameras. Two weeks later, same location, same speed camera – I’m back with a new video.

Interestingly, now we discover that the speed camera on the Barton Highway (near the GDE) has been turned around to “catch” traffic heading out of Canberra after the October long weekend. In my books this is proof positive that the ACT Government doesn’t have this camera here for safety… but rather purely revenue raising purposes only.

Why would you target traffic leaving the ACT after a holiday long weekend. If they were serious about the issue of speeding, there would be roadside patrols pulling speeders over then and there.

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Speed Camera on the Barton Highway – Revenue Raising… Proof Positive
PigDog 12:24 pm 05 Oct 07

So what exactly is the issue here? That governments are not doing enough for safety, or that they should not raise revenue?

Thumper 12:04 pm 05 Oct 07

Pro tip. Learn to read. My comment at 8.41.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 12:02 pm 05 Oct 07

If it is true what you speed camera fanatics are saying, that if they can create a machine to stop people speeding, then why don’t they just replace human’s with these cameras? Maybe they can introduce Rape-detecting cameras or granny-basher cameras. What a wonderful age we live in.

The fact is, speed cameras do not stop people from speeding unless they are in speed camera zones. Take a look at the drivers around you and its pretty fucking obvious.

josh 11:55 am 05 Oct 07

“The simple fact of the matter is that speed cameras DO NOT stop speeding.”

People are still human, and humans tend to make mistakes. Not to say everyone that speeds is doing it by accident, but still..

Furthermore, imagine the case that every metre of road had a speed camera on it. Every where you went, your speed was monitored. Right? Okay, I’d wager you’d see a very sharp increase in the number of speeding infringement notices – not because more people are speeding, but because more people are getting caught daydreaming.

But yes, there’s still the issue of people that speed because they’re morons. Well, what can we do? Stop breeding? There’s always gonna be morons with or without speed cameras.

The only thing I really don’t like about speed cameras is the fact that Canberrans drop to 10km/h below the limit to go past the freaking things. (Well, that’s a generalisation – but it only takes one person to slow everyone else down. Argh!)

Pro tip: don’t speed past cameras, stop whinging. The end.

Thumper 11:23 am 05 Oct 07

“How do you know? For example, how do you know they don’t reduce speeding?”

Because they still catch heaps of people speeding.

Therefore they don’t stop people speeding.

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:20 am 05 Oct 07

The simple fact of the matter is that speed cameras DO NOT stop speeding.

How do you know? For example, how do you know they don’t reduce speeding? Police don’t stop all crime, but the presence of rule of law enforced by a government militia is a pretty strong deterrent to me, say, shooting you in the back of the head when you pull out in front me. I doubt you’d support getting rid of police because they’ve failed to stamp out crime, though.

You’re also forgetting the other important function of speed cameras – to punish people who speed. Pretty hard to fault them on that front. To use the police analogy again, they spend a lot more time chasing down and arresting criminals than preventing crime, but that doesn’t make them any less valuable.

they were serious about the issue of speeding, there would be roadside patrols pulling speeders over then and there.

Yes – it’s much better that the government use expensive police officers and patrol cars to chase individual speeders than to use a cheap and effective electronic device to punish all of them, all the time.

Cameron 10:12 am 05 Oct 07

Skidbladnir – you either don’t have flash installed or you have javascript disabled. The embedded object is a flash video from YouTube, not a picture.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 9:25 am 05 Oct 07

I also noticed this ACT Government money tree was turned around. I drive past it every day. If you are caught by the camera, you are pretty much an idiot because there is plenty of warning. That doesn’t take away the fact that these camera’s don’t stop people from speeding in general.

Sammy 8:59 am 05 Oct 07

Therefore logical conclusion is that they fail to stop people speeding

No, the logical conclusion is that some people have more money than sense.

In making this statement however, I acknowledge that the latter is likely to be low in number, and therefore that the former is at an unfair advantage of success.

If we’re talking purely in terms of mathematical logic, then all that is needed to disprove a proposition is to find one example that contradicts the proposition.

In that case, I agree with Thumper.

Skidbladnir 8:56 am 05 Oct 07

For some reason I can’t see or refresh the picture embedded in the ‘news item’ above…
Is it my problem or RiotAct’s?

Thumper 8:41 am 05 Oct 07

To put it all in perspective, I don’t speed, therefore they don’t worry me the slightest…

Snahons_scv6_berlina 8:40 am 05 Oct 07

Do they stop you speeding everywhere Joe C or just near the speed camera zone ?

Joe Canberran 8:38 am 05 Oct 07

they bloody well stop me speeding. I don’t know about you but I can’t afford a fine every day I drive past one on my way to work.

Maelinar 8:03 am 05 Oct 07

ergo, they should no longer be called speed cameras.

Thumper 7:58 am 05 Oct 07

The simple fact of the matter is that speed cameras DO NOT stop speeding.

Proof of this fact is that the cameras still catch people speeding.

Therefore logical conclusion is that they fail to stop people speeding.

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