Qld unleashes covert speed cameras

Covert speed cameras will be unleashed in the north and far north regions of Queensland to improve road safety

June 29, 2010

Covert speed cameras will be deployed from today in northern and far northern parts of Queensland as part of a police operation to crack down on dangerous road behaviour.

Claiming there is evidence that the uncertainty of detection affects people’s driving habits, Police Minister Neil Roberts says the cameras will be part of Operation Cold Snap which runs until July 13.

He says they will make up 30 percent of mobile speed camera enforcement and there will be no advance warnings or signs at the camera site.

"With covert speed cameras now on the roads, motorists will need to consider whether a vehicle parked on the side of the road is fitted with a speed camera, or if the motorcycle they are speeding past is a police motorcycle," Roberts warns.

The move follows similar actions where the Government has unleashed covert speed cameras and unmarked motorcycles in metropolitan, coastal and central regions throughout Queensland.

"The Government announced the introduction of covert speed cameras and unmarked police motorcycles in December last year as part of a package of road safety initiatives aimed at stopping the carnage on our roads," Roberts says.

Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says covert cameras are designed to save lives.

"Covert speed cameras could be used anywhere, anytime in any vehicle in Queensland and if you are speeding, you are now more likely than ever to get caught," he says.

Stewart says police will also increase their on-road presence by conducting random breath and drug testing, mobile radar, the use of marked and unmarked vehicles and general traffic enforcement.

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