Police unveil hi-tech ‘stalker’ cameras

November 9th, 2009

HI-TECH radars will clock speeding drivers long before they’ve even spotted police in a new wave of urban traffic monitoring straight out of the US. The “stalker” cameras are capable of monitoring a moving vehicle up to a kilometre away, travelling in either direction. More than 200 of the devices will be fitted to police cars in an effort to keep Victoria’s road toll at an all time low.

Police Minister Bob Cameron made the announcement today as Victoria Police launched its latest hotspot blitz, Operation Ardent, that will target traffic across the Spring Carnival weekend. “These new radars will be fitted to moving police cars to detect cars moving towards and away from the police vehicle,” Mr Cameron said. “And they will be able to track vehicles for extended travel times, giving police greater power to tackle dangerous driving.”

At least 350 of the mobile radars will be on police dashboards by the middle of next year. Last month Victoria recorded a new record low road toll of 13 deaths – four less than the previous low. This year’s road toll stands at 239, which is 13 less than at the same time last year.

Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/police-unveil-hi-tech-stalker-cameras-to-clock-speeding-drivers-in-effort-to-keep-road-toll-low/story-e6frf7jo-1225792387305

Received a Ticket

July 7th, 2009

Continuing on from my last post a ticket for exceeding the speed limit by 15-20km/hr arrived by mail after the pay by date had elapsed. I am furious but from past experience there is little you can do because the law considers me to be guilty from the outset. To be in a position to take the matter to court you need money, time and patience none of which I can provide at the moment.

I dont agree with being booked by a police officer who doesn’t know how to correctly operate the radar equipment so the ticket has been ignored and put aside – I refuse to pay the fine. I will do community service or donate to a charity but I refuse to top up the government purse and encourage further use of radar to rip people off.

The use of radar to detect speeding motorists is fine when the operators are trained to use the equipment according to the manufacturers and industry guidlines. Victorian Police officers have proven to me that they don’t know the operational requirements fully and they have no training on how to avoid taking incorrect readings.

No Speeding Ticket Written

May 27th, 2009

I got pulled up for speeding by a mobile radar unit last night but the police officer didn’t write a ticket so I have to wait and see if I receive a summons to appear in court. There was a bend in the road between the mobile radar vehicle and my car when the reading was taken, as a consequence this increases the detected speed. The police officer claimed I was travelling at 119km/hr according to the radar device.

When I was pulled up my first comment was to point out the bend in the road and then to ask the officer if he could explain how the Doplar principle works. In response to my questions he said he would be happy to explain the Doplar principle in court but not here now and that he would have to trace back to see if the bend was between our vehicles when the speed reading was taken.

The reply I received concerns me in many ways, firstly if the officer cannot explain the Doplar principle to me he doesn’t actually understand how the radar unit he operates works and as such he has no concept about how the readings taken by mobile devices can be incorrect. When I told him it was against operational guidlines for mobile radar devices to be used on bends, hills or multi lane roads he had no idea. He claimed that he operated by the law and the manufacturers guidlines for use of the device were not of any consequence.

I asked him a second time if he could explain the Doplar principle to me and he repeated his previous answer and avoided any discussion on the operation of the radar device. Before I departed he said to me that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. I replied back that was definately correct in relation to the use of radar devices by Victorian Police. I added that he would be employed as an engineer instead of being a policeman if he had the aptitude to fully understand radar speed detectors.

It will be interesting to see if a summons to appear in court arrives, I am puzzled why a ticket wasn’t written on the spot. From this instance I can only comment that our mobile radar operators are not trained well enough to perform their duties and a high percentage of speeding tickets penalising motorists are not correct.

Speed camera boss banned for speeding

May 6th, 2009

Even the boss of a speed camera company gets hit with speeding infringements, I bet his opinion of speed cameras would be different if he didn’t make a living from them.

A SENIOR executive at a speed camera firm was banned from driving for six months today after admitting speeding at more than 100m/h (161km/h) on a 70m/h (113km/h) limit dual carriageway. Tom Riall, a divisional chief executive at Serco, was recorded driving at 103m/h (166km/h) in his blue Volvo on the A14 in Newmarket, Suffolk, just before 1pm on January 4. Riall was sentenced at a hearing at Sudbury Magistrates’ Court, the Press Association reported. Riall is head of Serco’s Home Affairs division, which has installed Gatso speed cameras at around 4500 sites around Britain since 1992.


Speed camera operator shot dead near Phoenix

April 20th, 2009

A GUNMAN has shot dead a speed camera operator on a busy freeway near Phoenix.

Police officers were called to the radar enforcement vehicle after reports of gunfire late on Sunday, and they found the employee shot several times, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

The victim, 51, was taken to a local hospital, where he died from his gunshot wounds, the department said.

He worked for RedFlex Traffic Systems, which has a contract with DPS to operate speed camera vehicles on the state’s highways.

Police said they were treating the shooting as a homicide and were searching for a man driving a white Chevrolet Suburban, a popular SUV.

Arizona is the first US state to implement a state-wide speed camera system.


One lucky fella

March 31st, 2009

HOON drivers caught speeding could keep their licences after a 136km/h leadfoot dodged the law with a legal loophole. The Government says it will immediately move to change the road laws after the owner of a car snapped 36km/h above the limit kept his licence because police couldn’t prove he was driving.

The Supreme Court last week dismissed a police challenge to an earlier court decision allowing accused speedster Conrad Becker to keep his licence after his car was snapped at 136km/h in a 100km/h zone in 2006.

Read the full article – http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25268384-664,00.html

What we really need is someone with a big swag of money to take the Police to the supreme court and have the 3km/hr leeway lifted to 10km/hr. The current law does not give enough latitude for the discrepency between the speed detected and the actual vehicle speed. If I won Tatts I would invest it in having the unfair laws changes so the public were no longer ripped off.

Use Silicone Spray to Save on Speeding Fines

February 8th, 2009

There are many products on the market to help motorists avoid fines for speeding from fixed and mobile speed cameras but one of the cheapest and easiest methods comes in a spray can that only costs a few bucks. Spray on silicone lubrication spray will put a sheen on your number plates making it very difficult for the police to read the registration number if you are snapped by a speed camera.

Unlike other products silicone spray cannot be seen by the naked eye and it is available from electrical wholesalers Australia wide for a few dollars a can. I have used this method in the past and while it is very difficult to be certain it works in 100% of cases I have never received a speed camera fine in any vehicle that I have driven that has had a spray recently.

I wouldn’t be foolish enough to suggest that you should spray your plates then go out and flaunt it but a quick spray every time you wash your car could save you big bucks. My sources inform me that this method is infallable but I invite readers to give us some feedback on their experiences using silicone spray.

Get Some Protection for Your Car

January 3rd, 2009

SUPER PROTECTOR number plate covers are designed to protect your vehicle plate from speed cameras that use photography to take images of your number plate from various angles.The Super Protector license plate cover allows for a full view of your license plate from front-on but will hide part of the plate from view in side angles and overhead angles*. When positioned properly they will prevent your license plate from being photographed or videotaped effectively from pole or gantry mounted camera angles designed into this product.

Visit the ghostplates website for more information.

Get Out of That Speeding Ticket and Fine

December 3rd, 2008

Author: John Winkler

Look at these examples of how you can get off speeding fines. They all have a common link. You must find some technical fault with what the traffic authorities and the police have done in bringing the prosecution. That happens more often than people think.

A supervisor for the camera enforcement unit, told the court he wasn’t certain when the signs went on display in a new speed limit area. He said: “It would have helped everybody greatly if signs had been placed in all the approach roads to show the change of speed limit.” The driver got off.

The signs had a black border around a speed camera logo which infringed the Road Traffic Regulation Act. The driver got off.

“The speed had been reduced from a 40mph to a 30mph but only one sign post was present, it was on the right hand side of the road, and it wasn’t illuminated. Thus at night it was almost invisible” The driver got off.

“The most valuable piece of evidence I had in court was a photograph of the scene with the “missing” sign post”

It was shown that the form had been signed by a clerk who had not been authorised to sign forms on behalf of the Chief Constable. Case not proceeded with.

A speed camera was set to 30mph, yet there are no 30mph signs upon entering the village. The police alleged that the presence of street lighting indicated a 30mph limit.

In a temporary 40mph speed limit not only were the speed limit signs deficient, but the highway authority had made mistakes in making the temporary traffic regulation orders. The drivers all got off.

The authorities had to refund thousands of fines after a judge discovered the police had been printing a signature on forms rather than getting an officer to check and sign each one. The signature had been scanned and added by computer

Where most cameras are situated.

The Yellow cameras

Most of them are on Main Roads going in to towns. Many are placed near schools. In the UK you get plenty of warning signs – a camera drawn on a white background. Officially, speed cameras are designed to slow the traffic, and not to catch people out.

Variable limit cameras

On Motorways, the big ring roads around some cities often have Variable Speed limits imposed when there is heavy traffic. It is vital not to exceed the speed limits flashed on the bridges which can change minute by minute.

Average speed cameras

Very nasty cameras record the average speed between two points several miles apart. These are commonly used on the outside fastest lane of long-standing roadworks on motorways. It is very easy indeed to slightly exceed the limit over the distance and be caught. What is not widely known is that at the time of writing, such cameras only record the speed across one carriageway, either the nearside lane or the outside lane. If you think you been caught by the first camera, and cannot realistically slow down sufficiently – there may be no parking places – then you could try switching to a different lane to exit. Best to travel on the inside, usually slower lane, all the time in roadworks.

Laser gun cameras

These are operated by specialist police units and are moved around to strategic points, either on motorway bridges, or, more commonly on roads on the outskirts of towns or in villages. They may be only place only for a couple of hours, before being moved on. A parish council, for example, may kick up a fuss about local speeding and the Police will send a laser team at regular intervals to the spot.

Police cars.

Police cars can record your speed from in front of you as well as behind and they use video cameras to do so. Again, they are anxious not to be the cause of any accident if you stop suddenly, so you may find that it is easier to catch you speeding on an empty motorway at 1.00am, than it is during the rush hour.

Speed signs

There are often flaws in the traffic order setting the speed limits and your solicitor may be able to get you off on a technicality. If speed signs are obscured by foliage or if, at the start of a restriction area there is not a sign placed on either side of the road then this may get you off if you can prove it with photos. Take a digital camera in your car.

A few tips if stopped by traffic police.

They teel you not to argue with any policeman who stops you, but you must not admit the offence even if guilty. Any admission, however slight, and you are lost in Court. Just say your solicitor advises you always to say nothing until he is present.

If you upset them by vigorous argument, they could look round your vehicle and check your tyres, or brakes. If your tyres are poor, you could get another three points. For each tyre. This 12 points loses your licence on its own. Don’t upset the police.

On the other hand if the policeman is on his own, and particularly if he is not a specialised traffic policeman, then I have always found it better to get out of the car, hold up my hands and say something like “That was the worst driving I’ve done in years Officer” A senior police officer friend of mine has the same view. It is a judgement call.

How your solicitor may get you off

Your defence may lie in finding something wrong with the police procedure or with the local authorities not signing the roads properly. Thousands of motorists have paid fines without challenge, when they might even be due to get their money – and their points, back. Many mistakes are made by the authorities, or by the police. A bit of effort on your part and you might get off.

If you can, keep a digital camera in the car with you, stop the car or go back to the site and photograph the speed signs, distances between them, distance markings in the road, and obstructions. You’ve got to give your solicitor all the help you can. You can ask for copies of the photographs they have taken, but this may be resisted unless you plead not guilty. A solicitor is needed really, but you need to find a specialist in this law. He or she can request copies of the traffic orders to see if the restrictions were legally imposed. Use the AA or RAC legal service to find you a specialist.

Good luck. You could always try staying within the speed limit.

John Winkler www.bayviewkentallen.co.uk/touringscotland.html


Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/automotive-articles/get-out-of-that-speeding-ticket-and-fine-102942.html

About the Author:

John Winkler was once the marketing correspondent for The London Times and with his wife owns a pretty 18century cottage near Glencoe overlooking a sea loch. There is a lot of onteresting material for tourists in his blogsite http://holidaysscotland.blogspot.com

Fighting Back Against Speeding Fines And Penalty Points

November 23rd, 2008

Author: Tony Harper

The hard pressed UK motorist is, and always will be considered a soft target in the eyes of the individual, the law and the numerous motoring associations. And not without good reason.

Any rise in the cost of oil prices is almost immediately passed on to the motorist at the petrol pumps. Every budget offers the chancellor another opportunity to raise the cost of the Road Fund Licence (car tax), and, although insurance companies are currently cutting each other’s throats to offer us cheaper cover, they’ll fight you all the way should you be unlucky enough to have to make a claim.

Then there are congestion charges, wheel clamping campaigns and ever increasing parking fees to contend with, especially near airports and in hospital car parks.

But, top of the list of all the motorist money squeezing opportunities is without a doubt, the speeding fine. Almost every driver will break the speed limit of some road at some time, either intentionally, due to some urgent ‘mission’, or most likely because of a momentary of lack of concentration.

There are currently than 5,400 static camera sites in the UK and just under 3,500 mobile speed units in operation, so just about anyone is likely to get caught at any given time. Unfortunately for some, they will get caught more than once, which could leave them in very precarious position concerning their future driving excursions.

It’s reported that almost a million motorists in the UK, are on the brink of facing a driving ban due to the 12 point totting up system. And with 2 million motorists falling victim to speed cameras and mobile units last year, there’s obviously no shortage of future potential disqualifications lying on the file.

The Safety Camera Partnership, operating under the guise of a road safety campaign organisation, is considered to be one of the most profitable government ‘businesses’ of all time, raking in more than About the Author:
Tony Harper is a senior partner with the Lexington Partnership, an organization dedicated to helping the UK motorist protect their driving licence.


Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/law-articles/fighting-back-against-speeding-fines-and-penalty-points-91031.html