Don't link and drive: police

QUEENSLAND police have voiced their concerns about Gold Coast motorists uploading police locations while driving.

The Gold Coast Speed Camera Awareness Facebook page is liked by 2516 users who regularly post when they spot police operations.

Acting Superintendent Craig Hamlon agreed social media had replaced the days when motorists would just flash their lights.

“It is not illegal to post the locations on Facebook,” Acting Supt Hamlon said.

“The concern is people posting while they are driving and that is an offence. They become distracted and put themselves and others at risk.”

Abusive messages concerning police are also placed on the page.

“We cannot control what people on Facebook say,” he said.

“Often if we have a highly visible operation we will also have a covert one close by in the vicinity.”

Queensland Deputy Premier and Attorney General Paul Lucas did not think revealing speed camera locations should be made illegal.

“Generally there are warning signs in the vicinity with fixed speed cameras. Increasingly in NSW they have had point-to-point speed monitoring of trucks,” Mr Lucas said.

Mr Lucas said he “would be happy if we didn't make a cent” from speeding fines because it would mean people weren't speeding.

Mr Lucas said the government would save more in the reduced costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation for accident victims.

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