Covert speed cameras don’t change driver behaviour, Queensland Police Union says

The Queensland Police Union (QPU) has criticised the auditor-general’s call for wider use of covert speed cameras.

The auditor-general’s report, which was tabled in State Parliament on Tuesday, found police were not using covert cameras as often as they were allowed to, partly to avoid perceptions of revenue raising.

The report recommended better use of unmarked cameras to reduce the number of severe road crashes.

But QPU president Ian Leavers said covert speed cameras did not change driver behaviour.

“It’s not about playing games and being sneaky with members of the community,” he said.

“We don’t need covert cameras hidden behind trees and bridges and all other places to catch people out – we want to modify the driving behaviour at that time.”

In a statement, the Queensland Police Service said it would consider ways to increase the number of covert cameras.

“The evidence shows that it is slowing motorists down, reducing hospitalisations and preventing severe crashes thus contributing to road safety,” acting auditor-general Anthony Close found.

“However, it is not working as well as it could.

“This means the frequency and severity of crashes caused by speeding are likely higher than necessary.”

The auditor-general’s report found speed contributed to 22 per cent of all road fatalities between 2008 and 2014.

In the seven years to 30 June 2015, Queensland Police issued 3.76 million infringement notices, and collected $667 million in fines.

Queensland has 100 mobile cameras, 41 fixed cameras, seven combined speed and red light cameras, 74 red-light-only cameras, and one point-to-point camera system.

Source: ABC News