I READ with interest the article by Angelique Patterson announcing the arrival of Senior Constable Stephen James.
His attitude towards speeding, drinkdriving and the use of mobile phones is commendable.
His desire to make the roads safe is one shared by the population at large.
However, recently driving into Port Douglas I noticed a speed camera positioned in Davidson St.
It was in an area that to the best of my 24 years acquainted with Port Douglas has never been associated with an accident.
I couldn’t help but think this was blatant revenue-raising and that speed cameras - if they are actually to be used to save lives and reduce accidents - should be placed in high-risk areas such as the intersection of Port Douglas Rd and the Captain Cook Highway.
Ideally to me, every “statistical conviction” should actually make our roads safer.
Even more ideal would be to place speed cameras in high-risk areas together with signs notifying drivers of their placement.
While this would not be helpful for revenue-raising, it would definitely achieve the stated goal of making roads safer.