Mixed re­sponse to speed signs

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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.

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