Police will show less tolerance for speeding in Queensland.
Police will show less tolerance for speeding in Queensland.

More speeding fines likely in Qld as 'limits' dropped

QUEENSLAND motorists will be able to scope out the location of the state's 4000 speed cameras but will still have no idea when they might be in use.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart revealed on Tuesday the sites for 4000 speed cameras - including covert and unsigned - would be published online from July 1.

But it will only be the sites of the speed cameras that will be posted; whether a speed camera is operated at that site on a particular day is another matter.

Mr Stewart explained the move was inline with the State Government's lean towards open data.

"We hope by doing that that people will look those sites up and will take notice of them and will recognise throughout the state at anytime anywhere they will be observed by police...," he said.

"In that way taking accountability for themselves and making the roads safer for all."

Police will also have a lower tolerance for speeding motorists meaning leadfoots will be fined for exceeding the speed limits by less than they do now.

Mr Stewart said Queenslanders had enjoyed some of the most liberal speeding tolerances in Australia.

However, motorists will not find out what the change in speed tolerances will be to avoid creating a defacto speed limit.

"The difficulty that we have in identifying those tolerances actually creates a default speed limit," Mr Stewart said.

"Speed limits are the signed speed limits on the road in Queensland and we expect people to drive to those limits."

Mr Stewart said manufacturers built in tolerances to speed camera equipment and he could not imagine a time when there would be a zero tolerance.

The new safety initiatives come in line with Queensland's soaring road toll, which is 14 deaths above the same time last year.

Speeding has been a factor in 19 road fatalities this year.

 

ROAD TOLL

  • 2013 road toll: 138.
  • Current road toll is 16 deaths more than the same time last year.
  • Current road toll is 28 more than in 2011 and 30 more than same time in 2010.
  • In 2012, there were 59 fatal crashes involving speeding, representing 21% of the road toll.

 

More speeding fines likely in Qld as 'limits' dropped

QUEENSLAND motorists can expect to cop more speeding fines as police reduce the unofficial leeway after which they begin booking drivers.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart will today announce speed tolerances will be lowered so motorists will be fined for exceeding the limit by less.

Speed camera locations will also be officially published for the first time in changes to come into force across the state from July 1.

"We need to take a stand as the road toll is unacceptably high," Mr Stewart told News Ltd.

Mr Stewart said the changes to speed tolerance would be incremental overtime and would be guided by road tolls and driver compliance.

But he would not reveal speed tolerance levels to avoid creating a "defacto speed limit".

"The speed limit is the maximum," he said.

"It is not a guide or a recommendation.

"We hope to not see an increase in the number of tickets issued at all."

Previously, police have not started fining drivers until they were five or 10 kilometres over the speed limit.

News Ltd reports margins were set higher because the state's antiquated camera system could not cope with a higher volume of fines.

But growing concern over the road toll has led to the changes which are expected to attract criticism from some as 'revenue raising'.

Queensland's road toll of 138 is 16 more deaths than the same time last year and 30 more than in 2010.

In 2012, there were 59 fatalities as a result of crashes involving speeding drivers or riders within Queensland, representing 21% of the road toll.

Speed camera locations will also be officially published for the first time under changes to come into effect from July 1.

The speed camera locations will be published from July 1 on the website www.police.qld.gov.au.


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