Posts Tagged ‘radar’

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.

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

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.

One lucky fella

Tuesday, 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.

Pommy Speed Camera Error

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Civil disobedience: Dutch squatter protests in the early 1980sSpeeding

Fine

Disgusting

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 http://www.policespeedcameras.info/ 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.