Read­ers back cam­era curbs

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

Cread­ers have over­whelm­ing sup­ported the State Govern­ment’s re­view of traf­fic cam­eras. An on­line poll found 90 per cent of read­ers favour giv­ing mo­torists more lee­way. Many states have a 10 per cent tol­er­ance on speed. Vic­to­ria Po­lice won’t say what the tol­er­ance is, but con­cedes it is tighter than 10 per cent. Po­lice Min­is­ter Peter Ryan has agreed to is­sue weekly lists of cam­era lo­ca­tions to lift the se­crecy about the state’s 435 traf­fic cam­eras. ‘‘Pub­lic scep­ti­cism about cam­eras has arisen largely from a lack of knowl­edge about the in­tri­ca­cies of the sys­tem, the ap­par­ent se­crecy sur­round­ing its op­er­a­tions and a lack of con­fi­dence in the ca­pac­ity to ac­cu­rately record speed,’’ Ryan says. Deputy Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Kieran Wal­she says: ‘‘We strongly be­lieve speed and red light cam­eras are crit­i­cal in re­duc­ing road trauma in Vic­to­ria. How­ever, there must be pub­lic con­fi­dence in an open and trans­par­ent cam­era sys­tem. I be­lieve these new ini­tia­tives will work to achieve this.’’

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