Now you see them, now you don’t

Peter Ryan, Deputy Premier of Victoria and Minister Police and Emergency Services, reveals his government’s priority on matters of road safety:

Cameras save lives. The Coalition Government is going to do all it can to instil (sic) that belief in the minds of Victorian motorists.

I’d have thought they might concentrate on a message to positively effect driver behaviour on the road, like “speed kills” or “concentrate while driving” or something like that, but advocating for voters to think more kindly of cameras is, you know, interesting too.

So unappreciated.

Meanwhile, there appears to be some confusion over what precisely Ryan is going to do about revealing the location of hidden cameras. The Herald Sun seems to think it’s going to be allowed to reveal all of them:

One measure of openness Mr Ryan is introducing today is to honour an election campaign pledge to allow the Herald Sun to reveal the location of previously secret mobile speed camera sites.

This welcome transparency about the siting of speed cameras will help ensure they are not placed in inappropriate areas. And if any motorist thinks any of the sites is inappropriate, they can take their concerns to the independent traffic camera commissioner.

Whereas Ryan seems to be saying that he sees a role for hidden cameras, too:

In the case of the detection of speeding motorists, police presence needs to be combined with a degree of covert police activity so that those who persistently flout the law are rightly caught.

So… that would be a no then? Even though the Herald Sun is convinced it’s a yes?

Look, are there going to be hidden cameras or not? If so, then how will motorists be able to object to “inappropriately” placed ones? If not, then how will police stop motorists “who persistently flout the law” in any area they know has no cameras?

Something there just doesn’t add up.

3 responses to “Now you see them, now you don’t

  1. So … they’re just going to do whatever the hell they want and pay lip-service to both sides? Sounds like politics to me.

  2. Hide all the cameras they want.
    I would rather Victoria cleaned up their speed limit shambles.
    Less changes of limits. There is either 7 or 9 changes (depending if school is out) in the first 3kms from my work to home. Keeping up with the changes of limit is impossible whilst paying attention to traffic.

    More realistic speed limits on major roads. I travel the Hume to Sydney once a month and the 110 limit is just so slow. Make it 140km.
    Get serious about keeping drivers to the left on multi lane highways

    Testing cars each year for roadworthiness

    Testing drivers over 80 each couple of years.

    Increase the 3km/hr error. Using the “advisory only” detectors at Beverage (heading north) and the Wadonga (heading south) with my cruise control set at 100km/hr, I get different readings (that is when they are working – they were both out for about 4 months late last year, I hope they are using different technology to the cameras), both show my speedo is fast by a different value. My GPs shows a different velocity. So i have four values to chose from (wit 9km/hr difference between th eslowest and the fastest), just fast am I going? Add to this the speed diferential when using new vs old tyres. Beside, unless constantlly referencing the speedo it is impossible to judge a 3km/hr speed difference, 3km/hr is about half my walking speed.
    Speed cameras are just a great big tax on motorists. It is just a pity about the points loss.

  3. narcoticmusing

    I’d personally vote for a team of ninjas moving the cameras so that you got told they were in an area but NO ONE would be able to spot them.

    Ninja justice. It is just so beautiful [wipes away a tear].

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