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Speed Kills. Speed Cameras save Lives. We've had this "big lie" parroted to us by politicians and government leaders for years. So why is the death toll in Cairns (and all of Queensland) running at record-high rates, higher than a decade ago??
During the reign of Joh Bjelke Newman and the LNP government, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) was ordered to embrace the Victorian Police strategy on road safety. As a result, the QPS has massively increased the use of speed cameras across the state, as well as making huge investments in more advanced technology that doesn't take photos, but just records video and identifies the speed of EVERY vehicle irregardless of road conditions.
Since full implementation of this strategy, Queensland has
seen a sharp and steady RISE in traffic accidents and fatalities.
The same is true in Victoria - fatalities up 2% this year, over 10% the last two years.
The truth is that maniacal enforcement of posted speed limits has nothing to do with road safety, and everything to do with raising money. The crash statistics prove this without question. Only 2% of the road crash fatalities in all of Australia are excessive-speed-related. ONLY 2%! This in no way justifies the huge investment in manpower and resources used to photograph and fine speeders.
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This has been done by a host of measures designed to ensure more are caught. The most immoral is the change to the threshold speed at which an infringement is issued. In some cases, infringements are being given for 1km OVER THE POSTED SPEED. This flies in the face of Australian Standards to which Australian-sold cars are required to comply. These Standards allow cars to be sold with speedos in error by as much as 10%. In other words, a car or ute can be displaying 80km on the speedo and yet traveling 87km - and be fully compliant with Commonwealth requirements. Issuing infringements that exploit this innocent and unknown speed error is a provision ripe for challenge in the courts.
But this is just a trivial issue.
The reality is that this is a money-raising exercise that is KILLING QUEENSLANDERS. The road toll in Queensland is fully 10% higher than last year due to this change in policing. 13 EXTRA QUEENSLANDERS HAVE BEEN MURDERED BY THE QUEENSLAND POLICE AND POLITICIANS.
The real causes for traffic fatalities are ignored. NO formal driver training before letting kids behind the wheel of these death machines. Little being done to stem the ever-increasing drink driving and drug driving profile of the motorists.
When the USA removed the artificial barrier to maximum speed on motorways (set at 55mph/88km in order to "save energy"), the highway death and injury rate DECLINED SUBSTANTIALLY as the average speeds increased. The mantra "Speed Kills" is a lie.
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Spend some money to synchronise the traffic signals. Spend some money on overpasses at the failed roundabouts. Get serious about REAL enforcement to increase road safety - mobile phones and idiots filming and photographing WHILE THEY DRIVE are a menace to society.