Queensland’s lucrative trailer speed cameras
New Queensland Police Service trailer speed cameras detected 647 speeding road users across south-east Queensland in its first three weeks of operation.
The five camera trailers were launched as part of the Christmas Road Safety Campaign and have been deployed to Queensland’s busiest road networks since December 23.
One driver was detected travelling at 161km/h zone in a 110km/h zone on the Bruce Highway at Mons on the Sunshine Coast, while another driver was captured travelling at 148km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Gympie Arterial Road at Bald Hills.
The camera trailers, which are managed remotely and used in high-risk areas not safe or practical to deploy a police officer, have monitored more than 2.8 million vehicles at the various locations.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said tolerance levels would be reduced when the introductory period ended in mid-January.
“When we launched the camera trailers last month, we gave an undertaking they would be introduced with a considerably high speed margin while road users became familiar with the new equipment over the Christmas break,” Keating says.
He adds that the introductory phase has now ended and standard speed camera tolerance levels will apply.
“During the first few weeks of operation, the camera trailers have proven to be effective, especially targeting speeding motorists in locations where police enforcement has been limited in the past.
“Importantly, road users will continue to see a mix of speed detection strategies including high-visibility police patrols, overt and covert mobile speed camera deployments, and fixed camera systems.”
Keating says excessive speeds continued to be a major contributing factor to road trauma.
“We know speeding is a leading cause for approximately one in four road fatalities in Queensland, and that is why we will continue to explore new road safety initiatives to prevent the carnage on our roads.”