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What, why and how much: Speed cameras

Everyone knows you’re not supposed to go over the speed limit; they’re there for a reason.

But if you’ve ever been in a rush, or just careless – you may have pushed your foot down a little too hard and gotten a big fine in the mail.

Here’s everything you need to know about speed cameras.

Speeding anywhere above the limit is dangerous. Department of Transport and Main Roads cites that “around half of all speed-related fatalities happen at 10km/h or less above the speed limit.”

Road crash data from 2012-2017 showed that over 1000 people were killed or injured in speed-related crashes – either as an occupant or impacted by a speeding car, and in 2017 just over twenty per cent of the road toll in Queensland was attributed to speed.

So there is clearly a problem with drivers taking their chances with the speed limit, but even though implementing speed cameras is proven to slow people down ¬– drivers still risk it to get home faster, or to show off to their friends.

Let’s break it down.

First, there are four types of speed camera: fixed, mobile, red light and point-to-point.

Fixed speed cameras

These cameras are installed at high-crash black spots or high-risk roads like tunnels. These are identified on the Queensland Government website, and are selected using data over 5 years to see crashes – or potential accidents and prevent them.

Fixed speed cameras in Queensland all have signage ahead of their location to let you know where they are.

Mobile speed cameras

Police can set up a speed camera using from the back of a marked police vehicle, stationed on the side of the road. These are set up in areas where there have been severe crashes caused by speeding or how common drivers tend to speed on a road.

These are set up by either a camera fitted to a police vehicle, by an officer using a handheld speed camera or attached to a tripod outside the vehicle.

Police vehicles (both marked and unmarked) can also operate speed cameras – unmarked police vehicles can be any make or model to catch would-be speeders.

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Red light cameras

Exactly what they say on the tin – red light cameras are installed to prevent people risking it by running the lights.

These cameras are designed as a deterrent to people chancing it at busy intersections, and are sometimes combined with speed cameras to catch people who think that orange means ‘speed up.’

Point-to-point cameras

Point to point cameras measure your average speed between two or more cameras, using the formula of Speed = Distance ÷ Time.

These are usually installed on long stretches of highway, to prevent wannabe racers from treating them as drag strips.

Fines for speeding

At the time of writing, the fines for speeding in Queensland are:

Less than 13km/h over the limit – $168 + 1 demerit point

Between 13km/h and 20km/h over the limit – $252 + 3 demerit points

Between 20km/h and 30km/h over the limit – $420 + 4 demerit points

Between 30km/h and 40km/h over the limit – $588 + 6 demerit points

More than 40km/h over the limit – $1177, 8 demerit points and 6-month suspension

Where they are

The Department of Transport and Main Roads release a spreadsheet of all the active mobile speed camera sites in Queensland. While there aren’t police at every site all the time, it gives you a heads up as to where police may be in order to avoid a fine.

Of course, the best way to avoid a speeding ticket is to not speed. Leave plenty of time for traffic, and remember that getting somewhere five minutes late is better than having hundreds of dollars in fines to arrive on time.