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Speed cameras just for motorcycles

Postby redial » Wed May 01, 2013 1:35 am

Half escape motorcycle fines
Tayissa Barone, The West Australian May 1, 2013, 4:55 am

Only half of all motorcyclists detected speeding receive traffic infringements despite the introduction of dual-lens cameras meant to reduce the chance of riders escaping the camera's view.

The Vitronic dual-lens digital cameras have seen the number of motorcyclists receiving infringements for speeding increase from 13 per cent or 902 people between August 2009 and July 2010 to 49 per cent or 1730 riders in the seven months to March.

The cameras photograph the front and rear of vehicles and were flagged as a significant step up from the film-equipped Multanovas which rarely captured motorcyclists' plates because they were usually pointed to capture the front of a vehicle.

But between August 2009 and March 2013 nearly 15,000 riders managed to avoid any monetary or demerit point penalty despite being clocked speeding, denying the State Government at least $1 million in revenue.

Twenty-three dual lens digital cameras were introduced in 2010 and make up one-third of WA Police's speed cameras.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Anticich said technology to detect and identify speeding motorcyclists was constantly improving and the chances of riders being caught, identified and prosecuted was increasing.

He said police would continue to deal with the 50 per cent of riders who failed to be fined "as by virtue of the technology where it is today".

"I believe predominantly the majority of our detections are a vehicle coming forward . . . so obviously in a motorcycle situation we're capturing the front of a motorbike which causes complications with identification and unless we're getting an identifying number plate, it's a bit difficult to determine which vehicle it is and who the driver is," he said.

Police and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said she was pleased an increasing number of motorcyclists were now accountable for their actions and, on a preliminary reading, the cameras appeared to be acting as a deterrent to speeding motorcyclists. "Enforcement, however, is only part of the picture in reducing risk-taking behaviour such as speeding, and that is why the Government is looking at all aspects of motorcycle safety through graduated licensing, class restrictions, and correct gear as well as improving motorcyclist behaviour," she said.
Shadow police minister Michelle Roberts said police needed to increase use of dual-lens cameras to ensure the number of riders nabbed speeding continued to grow.

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