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Mobile speed camera locations should be kept secret to reinforce the “anywhere, anytime” message, Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts believes.
She has asked WA Police to consider stopping advertising where kerbside mobile cameras will be, a move backed by prominent road safety expert Max Cameron who says covert cameras are proven to be more effective at widespread speed reduction and cutting fatal crashes.
But it has raised concerns from shadow police and road safety minister Peter Katsambanis that it could give camera critics ammunition for their “revenue-raising” claims.
“It is important to make sure we are putting speed cameras in the most dangerous locations, not the locations that will drive revenue and we need transparency,” he said.
A WA Police spokeswoman said they would consider the Minister’s request. “The current arrangement to publicise speed camera locations has been in place for many years and is one of many efforts to increase awareness of road safety,” she said.
Mrs Roberts’s move has been prompted by revelations a company is marketing a GPS device to WA motorists as a speed camera locator and legal way to “avoid tickets and stay safe”, which she slammed as a “stupid gimmick”.
“Drivers considering this purchase should be aware that it won’t alert them to dash-mounted speed detectors in police cars,” she said.
The device alerts drivers to fixed speed and red light cameras and school zones – which other satellite navigation equipment provides. But motorists with the in-car devices can also log the sites of mobile cameras to alert other device owners.
Acting Road Safety Commissioner Teresa Williams said if drivers travelled at safe speeds, they would not be concerned about the need to avoid a speeding ticket.