Speeding bikes face new camera
guys pay close attention to this specially if your in WA


Police have tested a new speed camera to catch hoon motorcyclists ahead of the planned rollout of the devices across the State.

Traffic officers tested the dual-lens digital camera on the Mitchell Freeway in West Perth yesterday.

It is understood police have ordered a batch of the cameras after months of analysis of the new technology.

The cameras have two separate components, which were placed about 20m apart next to the freeway. While the cameras measured the speeds of passing traffic, it is understood that no infringements will be issued to motorists who were caught speeding.

Police Minister Rob Johnson has promised to double the number of speed cameras by "March to June" and confirmed that police were on track to meet the deadline.

The $170,000 dual-lens cameras, which will replace the existing 27 analogue Multanovas, can measure speed across multiple lanes of traffic and photograph front and rear numberplates.
It means the riders of WA's more than 80,000 registered motorcycles, which do not have front plates, will no longer escape speeding fines.

For more than 20 years, motorcyclists have avoided fines because they have not had to display front number plates after a coronial finding that a metal motorcycle plate decapitated a pedestrian.

RAC head of member advocacy Matt Brown said surveys of WA motorists showed most people strongly backed the introduction of more speed cameras.

He encouraged the Government to funnel the expected increased revenue from speeding fines back into road safety initiatives.

"Road safety took a big cut in the last State Budget and the doubling of speed cameras is a chance for the State Government to prove that that increase was not about revenue raising," Mr Brown said.

"An increase in cameras and in revenue from speeding fines has the possibility of having the twofold effect of making our roads safer and providing more funding for road safety."

Office of Road Safety executive officer Iain Cameron said international research had shown speed cameras were "one of the most effective ways in reducing the level of speed-related crashes".

Shadow police minister Margaret Quirk criticised Mr Johnson for being slow to act on his promise to double the number of speed cameras.

Mr Johnson said he was happy with the progress of police testing.
time to hook up the number plate flipper again.
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Definitely ordering that Flipper...
"casting dispersions on others credability." And their illiteracy.
Thanks Kev.
Good weather, good woman, good road, good bike, good-bye!!

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