Monday, February 6, 2012

Speed camera watchdog acts Herald Sun Editorial Feb 7th 2012

"I have long held the view that saving lives by issuing traffic infringement penalties is appropriate to say the least." Pete Dowe

"In theory, the speed cameras were perfect policy. For instance, if revenue from speed camera generated traffic infringement penalties helped fund Hospital Wings, the speed cameras would save lives off road as well." Pete Dowe


http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/editorials/speed-camera-watchdog-acts/story-e6frfhqo-1226263180010


I endorse the views expressed in the Herald Sun editorial, "THERE is no doubt speed cameras save lives and also no doubt they have slowed down most Victorian drivers. But there is also no doubt many motorists view them as revenue raisers ahead of life savers." I have long held the view that saving lives by issuing traffic infringement penalties is appropriate to say the least. In theory, the speed cameras were perfect policy. For instance, if revenue from speed camera generated traffic infringement penalties helped fund Hospital Wings, the speed cameras would save lives off road as well.
However, as your editorial mentions, faulty cameras, and dubious placement of some cameras, brought speed cameras into disrepute. I also applaud the Deputy Premier, Police Minister Ryan, on his initiative to create the position of Road Safety Camera Commissioner which ought to restore faith in the use of speed cameras, and the reasons for their use.

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate
http://www.facebook.com/roaduserorabuser

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