Queensland speeding fines to rise

13/11/2008 5:35:00 PM
MORE speed cameras and increased fines for traffic offences are on the way. Signalling that dangerous, careless and irresponsible behaviour on our roads will not be tolerated and speeding is not acceptable, Police Minister Judy Spence has unveiled another road safety package aimed at continuing to reduce the State' s road toll.
As well as 106 extra traffic police on the road, the package also includes:
* 30 additional hand-held laser speed detection devices;
* 16 mobile radar speed detection devices and 12 micro-digicam speed detectors that allow police to intercept vehicles further down a road to where a micro-digicam is positioned;
* eight additional Q-Cars to add an additional Q-Car to every police region, doubling the number of Q-Cars patrolling Queensland roads;
* 12 additional police motorcycles for traffic enforcement and to assist with Operation Freeflow on roads such as the Gateway Motorway, and
* six new fixed speed camera sites to be operational from July 2009.
"We will also be trialling three unmarked speed camera vans for 12 months in our three police regions with the worst road tolls - the North Coast Region, the Southern Region and the South Eastern Police Region," Ms Spence said.
"This means that three existing speed camera vans in these three areas will have their police decals and logos removed and there will be no warning sign on the roadside as drivers approach the van.
"People who speed will no longer be able to rely on warning signs around mobile speed cameras. There is no excuse for this dangerous driving behaviour."
The 2008 Queensland road toll is approaching the 300 mark.
Ms Spence said increased fines for traffic offences would also act as a deterrent.
"People who do the right thing will not have to pay a cent in increased fines, or in fines at all for that matter," Ms Spence said.
The State Government is increasing fines by 33 per cent for all law breaches - including traffic, boating, littering and smoking offences - from January 1.