Mixed response to speed signs
Police Media spokesman Sam Dinnison said WA Police did not have an issue with the signs being used to alert motorists to speed cameras.
“If it makes a speeding motorist slow down, then that is a good thing,” he said.
The unauthorised speed camera warnings have been appearing around Perth more frequently, thanks to the rise of online anti-speed camera group Revenue Raiser Resistance (RRR).
The group posts to Facebook daily, warning motorists of camera locations, as well as posting ‘appreciation’ photos of members holding or placing signs on the side of the road.
An anonymous spokesperson from the group said its motive was to reform the road safety system currently in place in WA.
“RRR believes that speed cameras do not improve road safety,” the spokesperson said.
“We would like our Government and WA Police to shift their focus to other areas such as driver education, defensive driving courses, improvement of our roads, sensible speed limits and an increase in visible police presence on our roads.”
Mr Dinnison said it would be an offence only if a person holding a sign was creating an issue for motorists.
“Some years ago we had a couple of incidents where people wearing masks jumped out from behind trees on to the road with a sign and that scared some motorists,” he said.
He said it was an offence to obstruct a speed camera, but there had been no reports to his knowledge of that behaviour.
However, the RRR spokesperson said the group had experienced some negative run-ins with police.
“Some police officers can be extremely supportive and stop to encourage us to share their view on road safety. But we have also had officers confiscating our signs and moving RRR protesters on,” they said.
“Overall, the majority of our interaction with WA Police has been very positive.”
Cambridge chief executive Jason Buckley said last month’s sign placement contravened council by-laws.