I’m annoyed right now at the Queensland Governments policy of enforcing speed limits. They are currently trialing digital cameras with no margin of error.
This means that you will no longer be booked at 67Km p/h on Queensland roads in a 60 zone, you will be booked at 61Km p/h.
I’m not looking for an excuse to speed. As a sensible driver over the last 15 years I have had not one speeding ticket. I am, shall we call it, a “sedate” driver. I take driving very calmly and see driving as a journey, not a destination.
I really enjoy it.
I don’t ever have to worry about speed cameras, Police cars and radar traps. Why? Because I stick to the speed limit. The speed limit is a non-negotiable for me. I was recently in Sydney and was about to start the long journey home when my Aunt (who I was staying with) informed me to “watch out for the speed cameras”. I politely informed her that I was not in the least bit concerned about getting a speeding ticket. She was horrified, “how can you be so blase? It could cost you double demerit points?”. I had to gently explain that I wasn’t going to get a ticket because I don’t exceed the speed limit, how could I be concerned about the Police and speed cameras if I don’t speed?
So now we get to the crux of this post.
The Queensland government has announced that it is about to go digital with all it’s speed cameras.
What does this mean to the average motorist? I means that the the actual speed limit will now be enforced rather than the current variation of 10%.
The Western Australian government has got it right, they have reduced the variation to 5%. This will ensure that motorists are not penalised if the accidentally go a smidge over 60km p/h. It also allows for variations in the speed camera calibration and the calibration of motorists speedometers.
Want to set your cruise control to the speed limit? YOU CAN’T
This is because:
- Next time you have cruise control on - watch carefully, the speedo will routinely go over your speed setting by a K or two on declines and downward slops and then correct itself
- Your speedometer might be out - there are all sorts of things that can affect your true speed like tyre pressure, it’s your responsibility to ensure that it is correct
Why you can’t use the speed limit as a guide for general driving
You will need to drastically change your driving habits to stop Queensland Government main roads coffers from overflowing! Drive 5% under the posted speed and you will be OK.
Drive on the speed limit, let your mind wander, go over the posted limit by more that 1 K, and they have got you.
Queensland is in for a rude shock when this policy comes into effect.
Let me repeat, I have never had a speeding ticket, I don’t speed. But when digital cameras are rolled out across Queensland, I plan on keeping my untarnished record intact, regardless of my feelings about a policy that is all about increasing government coffers – I will continue to abide by the speed limit.
No longer is there a bit of grace there just in case you go over a little.
You will need to drive at 5% under the posted limit to ensure that you don’t get booked by accident.