You guessed it – more cameras!! The Canberra Times reports the astonishing finding that we’re not being fined often enough because we’re used to the cameras, so we need more cameras to re-learn our lesson.
This is just like The Simpsons episode where Homer makes rules against everything and learns it’s not possible to police everything all of the time. Although I suppose it is possible to enforce speeding all of the time – just need a camera operating on every street; there’d be zero speeding and zero accidents, ever. Brilliant! Let’s do it!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I swore earlier media said this report would consider the removal or reduction of cameras if they were shown to be ineffective. But no, just need some different rules for how ineffective fixed cameras operate. Cameras at intersections are actually shown to increase rear-end accidents, which I’ve always suspected, but this is ok because they reduced side-on accidents.
I’ve never had a fine from a camera, I’ve never had an accident in more than 20 years of driving in the ACT and I even cycle to work (partly on the road) more than half the time. Yet it still irks me that rules, rules, rules, fines, fines, fines is always the answer…