New speed cameras for Qld road work zones
A new trailer-mounted speed camera will go where police have not dared – in school and road work zones and along motorways.
Queensland police commissioner Ian Stewart launched the trailer-mounted cameras in a bid to reduce the state’s concerning road toll which is 244, seven more than for the same time last year.
“These are very high risk areas. It’s been unsafe in the past to put police into those areas … so we have a small fleet of these trailer-based cameras from tomorrow,” he said.
Commissioner Stewart said a quarter of the deaths in 2016 are directly a result of speeding.
He said people were rightly shocked and outraged when someone is murdered and even more so if it concerns domestic violence.
However even though the road toll is about five times the number of people murdered each year, the public seems to be accepting of the deaths.
“In Queensland every year for a long time we have had about 50 deaths through murders and every one of them is a tragedy and everyone is front page news … and about 20 per cent to a quarter are related to domestic violence murders and the community is even more outraged,” he said.
“And yet there seems to be this acceptance that five times that many die on our roads each year.”
He said the new trailer-mounted cameras were in addition to the hours police spent manning speed cameras and they can be monitored remotely.
Assistant commissioner Mike Keating said a blitz on speeding motorists will start in Queensland on Friday in a bid to repeat the success of Easter when there were no deaths on the state’s roads.
“As far as I am aware it’s the first time in Australia it’s been deployed at this level,” Mr Keating said.
Courtesy: Darren Cartwright