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20 July 2015

MANIACAL QPS USE OF SPEED CAMERAS NOW SEEN AS LIKELY CAUSE OF INCREASED ACCIDENT AND DEATH RATE - GOVERNMENT HAS BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS FOR THIS IDIOCY

IT COSTS UPWARD OF $300,000 TO TRAIN THIS RADAR
GUN OPERATOR, SQUANDERING HIS LAW
ENFORCMENT TRAINING TO ACT AS
TOLL COLLECTOR
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.


PREMIER PALASZCZUK ORDERS
REQUIRED SIGNS REMOVED TO
ENHANCE REVENUE RAISING BY HER
QUEENSLAND POLICE
And the Queensland ALP government is continuing to exploit the lie in an even more blatant attempt to raise revenue.  With just over 600,000 infringements issued in 2010, the Palaszczuk government has ordered the QPS to increase this astronomically - to over 1,000,000 infringement notices this year, and revenue approaching $1B.  This comes at a massive loss in respect for the QPS.  Several Facebook and other social media sites are set up to mock the police seen hiding behind signs, squatting in bushes, and other dubious tactics in their money-raising function.  

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.


INCREASE IN QPS REVENUE-RAISING
IN CAIRNS CORRESPONDS TO
MASSIVE INCREASE IN
VIOLENT AND PROPERTY CRIME
Even more importantly, huge numbers of expensively-trained police constables are diverted from CRIME FIGHTING to REVENUE RAISING.  Cairns has seen huge increases in crime this year because of this policy.  Assaults  UP 28%.  Drug arrests up almost 17%.  These are real crimes.  Speeding is not.

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.





8 comments:

shanghai said...

today 2 cameras on Sheridan st nth one in front of abode hotel and another in front of dun woody now that is a black spot for accidents at 11 am on a weekday yes ! but rest easy pilgrims its for our safety that's why I went down lake st instead but if caught like me don't bother sending in gps report because all you'll get is a fuck you /thank you from the D O T for me a 7km per hour difference in speed makes a big difference in fine and points yes to some readers im human ps where's my aquarium and why cut the trees down 3 months ago ? with police in attendance to protect whom ?

Paul Curtis said...

I'm glad someone is keeping statistics on this - always figured this was the case. I seem to spend more time with one eye on the speedo than the road these days.

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghia did you say?

Anonymous said...

Its so easy. Don't want to pay a speeding ticket stick to the speed limit. It's not that hard.

Anonymous said...

Anon 19.46 agree entirely -speed limits are there for a reason -safety anyone? Keep your lead foot off the accel and eyes on the road -easy!

Tony Hillier said...

Breaking the speed limit seems to be a public sport in Cairns, with tradies in utes and cab drivers serial offenders. The roads would be a lot safer if the police had more speed traps.

Anonymous said...

Tony ... the roads are safe.
It's the idiot drivers that are the problem, not the roads.

Ken svay said...

This is bullshit. Cairns drivers travel way too fast for the conditions and love to tailgate. We are living in a paradise yet people are always in a hurry and kiling themselves and others in greater numbers.
People drive much too fast in the city where there are tourists wandering all over the road not understanding the crossing rules.
Bloody slow down!