Speed cameras go undercover
CENTRAL Highlands drivers will have another reason to stick to the speed limit with a new covert speed camera vehicle taking to the roads.
Acting Senior Sergeant Terry McCullough said the new covert speed camera vehicle should hopefully work as a deterrent for motorists and encourage them to stick to the speed limit.
“I think there’s a need for it... get a bit of people working shiftwork and they head back to the coast on days off which seems to increase incidents of speeding,” A/Snr Sgt McCullough said.
A covert speed camera vehicle will make them wary of speeding and be in the back of their minds when driving, he said.
The new vehicle took the number of covert speed camera vehicles in the state to eight, with the Central Queensland vehicle to be deployed from Mackay to Gladstone and west to Longreach, Police Minister Neil Roberts said.
“Speed contributes to around 25 per cent of all road fatalities on Queensland roads,” he said.
“There is clear evidence which shows that increasing the chance and uncertainty of detection is a powerful motivator in changing people’s habits.
“In December last year, the government decided that up to 30 per cent of mobile speed camera enforcement will be undertaken covertly using a variety of vehicles and with no advance warning or departure signs at the camera sight.
“Motorists will need to ensure they are travelling at or below the signed speed limit because there’s a chance an inconspicuous vehicle parked on the side of the road is fitted with a speed camera.”
“I think there’s a need for it...”
Acting Senior Sergeant Terry McCullough