Speed fines drop with camera posts

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Great Southern traffic police say their industrial action of alerting drivers to the locations of the district’s speed camera in Albany has had an effect on the amount of drivers being issued infringements in the past two weeks.

The Albany Advertiser reported last Tuesday Great Southern traffic police were considering revealing the speed camera’s location and officers began that action two days later.

WA traffic police tweeted last Thursday the location of a speed camera, positioned in a school zone on Angove Road in Spencer Park, which was followed by the camera being placed on Seymour Street in Mira Mar and John Street in Milpara and notifications on Twitter and Facebook.

Police also tweeted camera locations on Ulster Road, Spencer Park. They also conducted a welfare checks on the operator by parking a marked car nearby and activating the lights.

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Great Southern traffic police Sergeant Andrew Norton said since the decision to publicise the locations of the camera on social media the percentage of detected speeders had dropped to about 5 per cent, down from an average of about 8 per cent, but it depended on the location.

“While we have been in close proximity (to the camera) the contact rate has been down,” Sgt Norton said.

“We would encourage people to read Facebook and see where we are deployed. We would like people to slow down and drive safely.”

The Advertiser’s online readers’ poll, which asked if regional speed camera locations should be made public, resulted in 71 per cent of 276 respondents voting in favour of the locations being revealed.

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