Hiding radars is the ‘wrong decision’ | Islander

The removal of mobile speed camera warning signs in New South Wales was carried out “in good faith” but a former NSW highways minister making a rare public comment on the matter said that it was the “wrong decision”.

Former NSW Highways Minister Duncan Gay told a NSW parliamentary committee on the Road Safety Inquiry that “one of the best (incentives) around security is a police car marked with a copper in it “and signal cameras had a similar effect.

But highway patrol cars that “back up in the trees and hide behind billboards” are “just plain fake.”

“Speed ​​cameras are important, but they shouldn’t be there to get trapped,” Gay said.

The public is “quite cynical” about speed cameras, and although he was not minister for roads when it happened, Mr Gay said the government made the decision to remove the signs in good faith on the road. the basis of the advice he had received.

He says the revenue increase allegations behind the decision were “a heap of garbage.”

During his tenure as highways minister between 2011 and 2017, Mr. Gay removed speed cameras which he said “did not serve an appropriate purpose.”

Some of them “were in the wrong place” and moved to other areas.

Additional cameras have been added to the collection and the number of cameras in the state has increased.

NSW opposition spokesman John Graham said the committee heard “a lot of common sense” from Mr Gay.

Mr Graham said public support had been compromised by removing the warning signs without consultation, but “there is now an opportunity to reach a bipartisan agreement on their return.”

Michael Lane, of the National Motorists Association Australia, told the survey earlier that more police officers actively patrolling the roads would improve public perception of law enforcement and be better than more cameras.

If an officer doesn’t stop people and tell them about their behavior, and just “hide in the bushes” to do speed checks, they are not doing their job properly.

“A camera is just fine in the post later, it doesn’t mean anything,” Mr Lane said.

The fines also had a more negative effect on people with less money, and losing your license in a regional area for accumulating demerit points made a bigger difference than for someone living in a city with less money. public transport options.

Director of the University of Adelaide’s Auto Safety Research Center Jeremy Wooley told the inquest that more police on the roads would help “to some extent,” but posed resource and financial issues.

“With automated camera technology, you can deploy over much larger areas and be much more efficient,” Dr. Wooley said.

He cited research suggesting that “even a threefold increase in police activity is not enough to generate the desired results”, and cameras should be placed with “a random element” because the location of fatal crashes changes from year to year.

“What we want is a widespread suppression effect, not just in the places where there has been a death,” said Dr Wooley.

The NSW government announced in November last year that warning signs for mobile speed cameras would be removed, but in August it announced that fixed warning signs would be deployed to remind motorists that they may be taken anywhere and anytime.

The partial rollback came after an increase in the number of people fined for exceeding the limit by less than 10 km / h, with the areas of western Sydney and the regional NSW being the first victims.

Associated Australian Press

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