Queens­land’s lu­cra­tive trailer speed cam­eras

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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.”

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