2/27/2005Australia Using Speed Averaging Cameras
Victoria, Australia will begin using point-to-point fixed speed cameras that average speed over a long distance.
The state of Victoria, Australia will begin using point-to-point fixed speed cameras that average speed over a long distance by the end of the year. The system uses a network of speed cameras that communicate with one another in such a way that even if you pass them driving below the speed limit, you will be ticketed if the system believes you were driving faster than the limit in between them. NSW, Australia uses a similar system called Safe-T-Cam to monitor trucks.
The government has not ruled out giving the average speed camera ticket in addition to tickets from every camera passed while exceeding the limit. "If you went through two or three fixed speed cameras and got pinged on every one, you would get three infringements and that's how it should be," Police Minister Tim Holding said.
In such a case, a single trip could costs motorists their driving privileges because of the demerit points they would receive. State revenue from all police fines is expected to jump to $350.3 million this year, up from $233.5 million last year.
The Government, which made almost $170 million from speeding fines last year, has confirmed it has signed the contract for the new point-to-point cameras and they are likely to be spread between Craigieburn and Wodonga.Source: Fines roll in from new speed trap (The Age (Australia), 2/27/2005)
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