Victoria Police Scraps The Ranger Camera Aimed At Mobile Phone and Seatbelt Infractions

The Ranger system that was propsed for Victoria. Picture: David Caird.
The Ranger system that was propsed for Victoria. Picture: David Caird.
Victoria Police has scrapped plans to use futuristic new traffic cameras to nab motorists who text, talk or tweet on mobile phones while driving.

The Ranger camera was also intended to be used to capture people not wearing seatbelts.

Road safety camera commissioner Gordon Lewis yesterday criticised the decision as a “disappointing backward step which will inevitably cost lives”.

Government figures reveal texting while driving increases the risk of a crash by up to 15 times and that wearing a seatbelt doubles the chances of surviving a serious crash.

Commenting on the Victoria Police decision to abandon the Ranger camera, Mr Lewis said he saw a more expensive and sophisticated vehicle-mounted version of it in action in England last year.

It was able to detect and nab about 60 offending motorists an hour — which is more than the inferior camera used by Victoria Police was able to catch in five months.

But the tripod-mounted camera tested by Victoria Police failed to live up to what it was anticipated it would do, which was enable thousands more motorists to be caught using mobile phones and not wearing seat belts.

Read more in The Australian.


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