Mobile speed cameras have been used effectively to encourage road safety and penalise dangerous behaviour. Unfortunately, many motorists feel trapped or tricked following the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s removal of the requirement to display “speed camera in use” signs to alert motorists to the camera.
Public attitudes towards speeding and road safety will be diminished if motorists feel that enforcement is an exercise in revenue raising, not road safety.
The Palaszczuk Labor Government is expecting a windfall 46% increase in speed camera fines with revenue raised by speed cameras to reach $194 million.
The LNP has a track record of investing in road safety – our two-year $350 million Road Safety Action Plan saw Queensland’s lowest road toll on record in 2014.
Our plan included a mix of infrastructure, enforcement and education with action items including:
- Flashing lights at school zones
- State-wide speed limit review
- Upgrading red light and speed cameras, and
- Boosting Safer Roads Sooner program.
Our Real Plan
A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will ensure all mobile speed camera units display the “speed camera in use” sign when operating.
Road safety should not be about treating motorists as cash cows – that’s why we will return the focus to saving lives.
To change behaviours on our roads we must educate drivers and make sure they are aware of the road rules. Making drivers feel like they have been trapped by a speed camera does nothing to achieve road safety outcomes.
The LNP will put road safety first, not revenue raising.