|Speed camera problems the safety message||
2nd Gen Hayabusa
Last Updated : 28 August 2012
This is the continuing draft. Links and information to faulty speed cameras are at the end of the page it you want to skip my views.
Since this site is about the fastest production bike on the planet it is natural for me to include commentary about speed enforcement issues. The regulation of speed is an issue which effects most of us whether you own a Hayabusa or not. On the Hayabusa exceeding the speed limit for almost any road is just a twist away and in a couple of seconds so you as riders should acknowledge it seriously, not that you don’t already.
The speed factor, usually excessive is usually the first thing that is said and implied as the major factor in the cause of the accident when reporting but we all know that it's not. It's much more - such as driver in-attention, poor condition of the car or motorcycle and the road, poorly managed public transport, lousy driver education and skills, simplistic and often intelligence insulting speed kills advertising. Using the words 'excessive speed' is not fact just an opinion.
What prompted me to do this re-write and update was by the latest advertising I was watching on TV in 2010 which was really good UNTIL they went on about speeding. I wish it said the truth - ride within your abilities and don't be a idiot because there are more idiots on the road and idiots don't mix. The advertising goes further to in essence blaming motorcyclists for accidents. I have seen far more stupid car drivers than motorcycle riders. This advertising is just plain ineffective and a waste of money and clearly done by people who have no idea.
It has been over a decade of claiming speed kills, the world has moved on - the cars and motorcycles are much safer but the roads have gotten worse. The speeds limits are mostly lower and there are much more cars on the road. Drive anywhere and its not speed that causes accidents. Yet Governments and local council use speed or safety cameras as their primary methods of controlling speed. What you probably didn't realise is that the business case for the purchases and justification of speed cameras is not based on safety but on the ease of installing and the impression of scientific or provable results and of course generating revenue.
The reality and major problem with that is
that the cameras are not properly maintained and are simply not
accurate. Of course there is an increasing publicity and people getting annoyed
at these increasingly outright errors. Get it right or get rid of them. Stop
using speeding as an excuse and solution to accidents and try to justify them
with equally faulty statistics.
I saw a report on the Today Tonight program about more problems with speed cameras in Victoria... surprise, surprise. Apparently stationary cars (ie parked car) where given a tickets and even trucks which have no hope of even reaching the speed limit given tickets. Check it out at : http://seven.com.au/todaytonight
The latest news on the speed camera front is quite dramatic: Finally some in Sydney has challenged the validity of the pictures that where taken by the cameras themselves. You see even if a have a picture taken there is no way of checking if the picture is actually genuine. Ie. The picture has not been tampered with. These days anyone can Photoshop it!
The thing is that the Road authorities knew about this problem for years but did nothing. The up shot is that not only did they realise the flaws and inaccuracy of the speed detection equipment but chose to deliberately ignore the security of the system its self. One day some hacker will tap into the system and give every politicians tremendous speed ticket..
More Government Spy stories - this article is actually quite balanced !
As more people read this article I'm being sent more information on how really inaccurate these devices are. Naturally all those who actually put their faith in the accuracy of modern technology may be disappointed. Most of use agree that if these pieces of equipment are accurate its fair enough but if this report actually proves how conditional and indeed unreliable they are then it's not lawful or fair is it.
They clocked a fence doing 12kph.
More people are getting fed up with the latest speed cameras not measuring speed correctly. Even the latest cameras here in Melbourne are still not working correctly and there are several court actions currently taking place to determine whether this is true or not.
This article is about radar detectors in Australia. It is illegal to sell radar detectors in Australia unless you live in WA. However you can buy one from WA or overseas. That said, you can have one but it is illegal to actually use one in Australia!
Radar detectors are precision equipment and there it is a life saver no matter how you think about! Unfortunately because it is a banned device along with no other reason than revenue raising objectives it is political.
I wish someone AKA a university could do a study into pros and cons or radar detectors rather than just the usual suspects.
Also I believe that the Westgate bridge in Melbourne, it's speed cameras are not operating due to optics that are effected by weather conditions. And if the optics are faulty how about the speed sensors? How long have these people known about this why did they waste money on a system that obviously cannot function in a salt spray and sever wind effected location?
If you visit the Southland Shopping Center (Sandringham) in Victoria these red light cameras are really faulty. Sure they've been fixed, but the fact the problem is still in court - it was broken!
There are more problems with the latest Victorian point to point speed camera technology. The reason they provide is basically a faulty clock. What is more terrible is that no-one had bothered to check the system until it had been broken for some UNKNOWN period. How many more cameras are fining people incorrectly. Here are some links but there is plenty more if you do a quick search.
Do not trust any speed fine you get no matter where it supposedly happened (unless you know you're speeding of course) because the system is inaccurate often outright wrong. Make the Government pay for its stupidity now and a vote of no confidence in speed cameras.
Here's another news story on inaccurate speed cameras and why no one should trust the result. Stationary bus - at bus stop fined for 70Km Aside from the obvious error the fact that they had to go to court to overturn the fine and that there are thousands of them every year is, not cost effective, detrimental on the falsely accused and a public relations disaster.
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