Queensland Police should use more hidden speed cameras: report

Queensland Police should use covert speed cameras more often to reduce the number of severe road crashes, a report has recommended.

Queensland’s auditor-general has found that speed cameras are not always being deployed at the right time, in the right location, or in the right mode.

A report tabled in State Parliament found that that balance needed to be corrected, to provide more general deterrence against speeding.

“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 report found that 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 now 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.

But the report recommended better use of unmarked cameras.

“The QPS have approval for 30 per cent of mobile camera hours to be undertaken covertly,” it said.

“In 2014-15, they only performed 16.3 per cent of mobile deployment hours covertly.

“This is in part because the QPS wants to avoid perceptions of revenue raising.

“A high percentage of covert deployments prompts a general deterrence to speeding.”

Source: ABC News