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VARIABLE speed limits that have incurred the wrath of drivers in the Clem7 are to be rolled out on other major roads.
The revelation comes as police statistics show that, on at least one day last year, revenue from speed fines in the tunnel outstripped money generated by tolls in the Clem7.
The variable limits are set to operate in Brisbane Airport Link when it opens mid-year and there also are plans to enforce the signs on the Gateway Motorway at Nudgee.
Motorists are currently given four minutes to adjust their speed when limits are dropped by as much as 40km/h in response to crashes, breakdowns or roadworks before fines are imposed.
Police have indicated that any enforcement of the variable limits elsewhere would be accompanied or preceded by an awareness campaign.
In the first four months of their enforcement in the Clem7, 8862 motorists were snapped in excess of the changed speed limit. It comes as the embattled owners of the Clem7 tunnel are considering raising tolls for cars to $4.50 - up from $3.95.Add a comment
POLICE Commissioner Bob Atkinson has been caught speeding on the Story Bridge a blunder he has revealed two days after police and The Courier-Mail launched a road safety campaign.
Mr Atkinson was caught on February 3 and was believed to be travelling at 70km/h in a 60km/h zone.
He will lose one demerit point and pay a fine of $133.
Mr Atkinson said he was embarrassed because of his position and because he had just been promoting the road safety message to media.
"I feel as though I've let you down, I feel as though I've let my colleagues down (and) I feel as though I've let the community down," he told reporters in Brisbane.
He has blamed the offence on a lapse in concentration.
He told reporters that he did not see the speed camera flash while he was driving with a colleague to police headquarters.
"It was brought to my notice that there might be an issue last Friday," he said.
It's not the first time the police chief been nabbed for driving too fast.
Mr Atkinson said he received a ticket for a similar speeding offence in 2009 while holidaying in NSW.
He said he was also caught speeding in 1998 when he was an assistant commissioner in far north Queensland based at Cairns.
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QUEENSLAND'S shocking January road toll has led to calls for the state's speed camera tolerance - the highest in the nation - to be lowered.
Road safety experts say the "unpublished" tolerance is so widely spoken about among drivers that they often ignore the posted limit and drive to a speed they know will not land them with a fine.
Police will not reveal how much leeway Queensland drivers are given for road safety reasons but The Courier-Mail understands it is more than any other state.
Queensland Police, who are responsible for setting the tolerance, have not ruled out a change.
In Victoria, motorists are given a widely publicised leeway of 3km/h before they are picked up by speed cameras, while in NSW, information released last year by the Office of State Revenue showed motorists were being fined for breaking the limit by as little as 1km/h.
The Tasmanian Government dropped its tolerance from 10km/h above the speed limit to an undisclosed figure in 2010, bringing in an extra $2 million in its first year.Add a comment
Alison Sandy Courier Mail
EVEN more hi-tech speed cameras will be rolled out to target speeding motorists, as new figures show police nabbed more than one leadfoot every minute last year on Queensland roads.
Despite the introduction of covert mobile speed cameras and the addition of more fixed speed cameras, police caught more than 1800 speedsters a day last year - about 75 every hour and a rise of 200 a day from the year before.
Police say the only way to change bad driver behaviour would be through the hip pocket, with more speeding infringements arriving in the mail.
State Traffic Support branch's Superintendent Andy Morrow said the more people who unexpectedly received speeding tickets in the mail, the more they would stick to the speed limit.
As a result, police will be expanding the use of advanced speed cameras - including point-to-point, which calculates the speed of a vehicle from the time it takes to travel the distance between two points.
Supt Morrow said the covert technology meant it was becoming "increasingly difficult" to avoid speed cameras.Add a comment
The Bulletin News 26th Dec 2011
AFTER nine weeks of radium treatment in Brisbane, the last thing Sidney Dooley wanted to come home to was a $200 speeding fine.
Especially when the December-issued ticket was for his boat trailer, which hasn't left the shed at his Zilzie home in nine months.
"I thought, what's going on here?" Mr Dooley said.
After taking a closer look at the infringement notice, Mr Dooley realised the photo, captured on a speed camera, was of a four-wheel-drive vehicle caught speeding in Brisbane.
"I don't own a 4WD and I've never ever driven a car in Brisbane," he said.
The 69-year-old, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer 18 months ago, said that at this stage of his life it was something he didn't need to deal with.
Mr Dooley said it was mistakes such as this that showed a need for human contact to be brought back into the system.
"Everything is done by a computer these days. But we've got a brain and they haven't," he said.
A spokesperson for the Queensland Police said the incorrect infringement notice was a result of human error and apologised for the inconvenience caused to Mr Dooley.
They said the police had a rigorous quality assurance process in place to adjudicate on camera detected offences to minimise errors similar to the one present in this matter.
They confirmed that the notice had been waived and no further action would be required from Mr Dooley. But Mr Dooley said it came down to better surveillance. "Things have got to be checked and then double checked."
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