Archive for the ‘Editorial’ Category

Received a Ticket

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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.,21985,25440172-5005961,00.html

Use Silicone Spray to Save on Speeding Fines

Sunday, 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

Saturday, 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.

Common Sense Speed Limits

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

It would be much easier if the speed limits were more driver friendly. It is hard to know how fast to drive with 50kph and 60kph limits let alone checking the time to see if it is school time and slow to 40kph. I think school limits are a good idea but they need flashing lights operating to indicate when the lower speed limit is in force.

A lot of cars have broken clocks while others never had a clock fitted at the factory. It is inconvenient to be certain of the time when driving and it is another distraction. Flashing lights operating when the lower speed limit applies would remove all of the confusion.

Pommy Speed Camera Error

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Civil disobedience: Dutch squatter protests in the early 1980sSpeeding



By Paul Fielding 9th January 2008

London – Blackpool
A SPEED camera campaigner has condemned the controversial devices after it was revealed hundreds of motorists had received tickets by mistake.
Police are handing back 300 fines to drivers after it was found their speed guns were set up wrong.

In 2004, Coun Mary Smith of Bloomfield ward chaired a scrutiny committee which was highly critical of cameras in the resort, and today said she was not surprised by the blunder. Full Story…

The website where this article was located is an excellent website for news articles on radar and speed cameras from around the world. This is a short article from the home page accessed on the 29/4/2008.

Do Speed Cameras save lives? Statistics from around the world and Australia suggest not! Why? Because speed cameras target the vast majority of law abiding citizens who travel a few kms over the speed limit, not the true causes of road fatalities! Speed Cameras are “fools gold” for governments looking for a quick fix solution to road deaths, but prove a bonanza for cash strapped governments looking to reduce police manpower and raise revenue. Add to this mix speed detection technology that is inaccurate, low speed tolerance limits and a court system that is blind to these problems and you have a recipe for disaster.

Radar Facts vs Fiction

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

This website is the result of indepth research on the correct use of radar devices to detect speeding vehicles and what the common problems are. With the large rate of errors that occur it is obvious the public are ripped off everyday by governments that use the devices to raise revenue.

The information on the Radar Fact Pages is based on research that is several years old. In the near future when time permits the findings of more recent research will be included. I hope the work is of benefit to people who believe they have been booked in error to prove a point to the authorities but from my personal experience that it is a lot of hassle and it is hard to win. The system is against you.