Posts Tagged ‘mobile’

Police unveil hi-tech ‘stalker’ cameras

Monday, 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.


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.