1/12/2005Evidence of Camera Inaccuracy in Australia
Several Australians have successfully proven in court that they received erroneous speed camera tickets.
Several creative Australians have offered definitive proof that they received speed camera tickets when they were not speeding. For example, a milk truck driver accused of 73km/h in a 50km/h zone had his delivery truck tested on a dyno. It established a speed beyond 45km/h would be impossible. The same traffic camera snapped a photo of a speeding parked car, and witnesses have made sworn statements that they saw the camera flashing even when no cars passed. Another man, Geoff Nadin, was driving in a 70km/h zone when a camera flashed him. His speedo read 67km/h and he had all his passengers verify this. When he contested the ticket claiming he was doing 87, charges were dropped and a subsequent investigation found pavement sensors were faulty.
Mr Nadin consulted the NRMA's
legal department before penning a lengthy letter of appeal including the
statements of witnesses. The fine was then dropped.
An internal investigation revealed a problem with the pavement sensor, or
piezo, that registered speed.
Any veneer about infallible speed cameras has been certainly stripped away in