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Adelaide SA - New laser speed guns in action

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POLICE are trialling a hi-tech speed gun that can capture video proof of offending and generate its own speeding tickets.

The 20/20 TruCam laser is already in use in Queensland and Western Australia and is designed to catch more offenders and provide visual proof of offending to avoid court disputes.

Independent MP Bob Such, who is campaigning for speed camera reform after challenging a speeding fine in the Supreme Court last year, yesterday welcomed the trial.

Dr Such argued before the Supreme Court that if police speed cameras were fitted with video capabilities, he could have proven he was not travelling at 69km/h in a 50km/h zone.

"The current speed guns are hopelessly out of date and all they provide is a number on the back of the machine, and that's if the officer hasn't deleted it and gone on to the next motorist," he said.

"Video camera devices keep a permanent record which could have been very useful in my case."

After Dr Such revealed the secret trial, SAPOL yesterday confirmed it was in progress but said there was no current budget allocation to buy any of the devices.

The American technology incorporates the traditional laser gun, which until now had provided only a digital speed readout, with a video camera.

It allows officers to collect a chain of video evidence, a high-resolution image that identifies vehicle make and model, the licence plate number and facial characteristics of the driver.

The machine automatically prints out a speeding ticket, allowing officers to avoid hand-written paperwork and process more offences.

The facial characteristic technology prevents drivers from falsely claiming relatives or friends were responsible for the speeding offence.

The cameras also have the ability to help reduce the road toll by plotting GPS location every time they are used and when they detect a speeding vehicle.

Dr Such is also campaigning for police to implement a practice in NSW of factoring in a 2km/h inaccuracy.

He said a constituent in his electorate of Fisher faced losing his licence and job as a result of his most recent speeding offence which may not have been a breach if the inaccuracy had been factored in, as it is in NSW.