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Watchdog to target ‘flat Earthers’ amid push for more speed cameras

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Road Safety Camera commissioner John Voyage

 

A GROWING number of Victorians are asking for new traffic cameras to be installed at dangerous intersections, the state’s cameras watchdog says.

But more needs to be done to tackle “flat-Earthers” who still believe the devices are just revenue-raising cash cows.

Road Safety Camera Commissioner John Voyage’s annual report, tabled yesterday, shows fixed speed cameras and red light cameras are the biggest source of complaints to his office. But he says an interesting trend was the rise in complaints about the absence of cameras in some locations.

“I consider this shows there is a high level of acceptance in the community that fixed and mobile road safety cameras have a role to play in calming traffic speeds and reducing the risk of injury and death on our roads,” he says.

Mr Voyage says education campaigns may have helped slow the rate of complaints about 40km/h zone cameras, and about EastLink cameras.

The watchdog notes more education could be needed to reduce the number of “flat-earthers” who believe cameras aren’t there for public safety.

“There is inconsistency ­between the public’s demand for cameras to be installed in particular locations, and public comments about the revenue generated,” he said.

“I believe the public accepts the accuracy and integrity of the cameras, especially where it is other people being caught.

“This may be an area which will occupy some of our efforts, to get a better understanding of the public acceptance of the road safety camera system with a view to a more favourable public perception; and an end to the ‘flat-earthers’.”

Mr Voyage’s report shows that about a quarter of the entire network of cameras in Victoria were revisited in the past financial year to test accuracy.

 

Courtesy: Matt Johnston, Herald Sun

 
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