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Watch out speeding drivers

Queensland Police have a new weapon for catching drivers that break the speed limit.

Back in the old days before technology you would keep you eyes peeled 1km up the road for the boys in blue, or drivers coming in the opposite direction would give you the heads up when the police were active.

But now the Police have a stealth weapon called digi cam. Digi cam is set upon the side of the road on a tripod (can not be seen) and takes a photo of your car speeding as you go past, then the image is sent to the Police down the road out of site.

When I was approaching the Police line up, with cars pulled over I thought it was a RBT (Random Breath Test) but no there were 4 officers standing in line all with ticket books writing up tickets like it was Christmas.

I can not believe how much revenue is being raised by the Queensland Police force at the moment.

I asked the officer what the ruling was as you drop down through speed zones. For instance I was exiting a highway to link up with another highway, the speed limit goes from 100 / 80 / 60 in a very short space. The officer said to me that you must be down to the correct speed by the 60 sign. But the police allow a 300m buffer past the sign and that is were the Digi cam is set up.

I also asked if I could see the image of my car with the speed I was doing. The officer told me by law he doesn't have to.

What are you thoughts on this at home. I would love to here you feedback.

I was caught doing 72 in a 60 zone 1 point and $133 dollar fine.

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Posted On
Jul 29, 2010
Posted By
0 Some concern
I guess many people will say do the crime, do the time but I'm concerned by a number of things.

Firstly you have been found guilty of an offence without the Police even being required to show the evidence.

Secondly the zone of which you speak has never had a reported accident as far as I can find so they are not targeting a known black spot to reduce accident numbers

Thirdly they are targeting a zone coming off a highway and expecting you to have reduced your speed before you have passed the advisory sign.

Seems though they are picking easy targets
Posted On
Sep 01, 2010
Posted By
0 One more thing
I did some further investigation into the positioning of the speed camera at the particular location in question. Just yesterday I saw a significant number of police at the same location with no less than 10 cars pulled over.

I was interested if there had been any accidents in the spot where the police are regularly booking drivers. After all its a highway but its limited to 60kph. So one would assume that is difficult to have a serous accident.

But sadly my enquires today uncovered that there had been a fatal accident at that very spot earlier in the year.

In my opinion the believe the speed zone on that stretch of highway is to low.

I guess regardless of my opinion it does appear as thou the police are patrolling a stretch of road that has been the scene of a fatal accident. The jury is still out thou if one accident warrants such attention.
Posted On
Sep 03, 2010
Posted By
0 RE: Watch out speeding drivers
I think the thing that suxs the most is that the cops are just raising money for the broke Bligh government, and if that helps them sleep at night so be it. There are a lot of deaths on our roads and i agree that this is not cool. But normally the deaths accrue from stupid errors made by on 1 drivers behalf and not the rest of Queensland driver. just my thoughts

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