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Unmarked Police Car With “My Family” Stickers Sparks “Outrage”

From Gold Coast Bulletin: An unmarked police car with “My Family” stickers has sparked “widespread outrage” and gone viral on social media after it was photographed in Surfers Paradise.  Continue reading Unmarked Police Car With “My Family” Stickers Sparks “Outrage”

Victoria Police Top Cop Open To Debate On Double Demerit Points


As the national road toll for the holiday season rises to 20, Victoria Police Superintendent Michael Grainger says that hitting drivers who break the law with double demerit points should be on the table to reduce road carnage in Victoria. Continue reading Victoria Police Top Cop Open To Debate On Double Demerit Points

Haunted By Tragedy As Over 300 New Zealanders Die


Six people. A police officer, a student. A firefighter and a new grandmother. A proud Otara mum. A paramedic.

Apart from two, they don’t know each other. They shouldn’t share anything more than an appreciation of an All Blacks triumph or a sunny Saturday.

They share something much worse – the pain of the loss of Lovey Taimani. Continue reading Haunted By Tragedy As Over 300 New Zealanders Die

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. Mobile phones have become extremely hazardous in relation to driving because nearly all focus has been planted on them and not the road. The issue of mobile phones does not end there either, it has been noted that they can give off harmful radiation and the use of anti-radiation phone cases may be needed. So mobile phones on our roads as well as just in our hands have become a danger, that is why implementing cameras such as these are a necessity.

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 of more motorists to be caught using mobile phones and not wearing seat belts.

Read more in The Australian.

Queensland Initiative Targets Driver Behaviour for Road Safety Week

A statewide road safety initiative will shock residents into seeing the fatal consequences of bad driving behaviour as part of Road Safety Week.

Queensland Police has teamed up with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Toowoomba Council and road user groups to drive home the message of being safe on the roads.

Toowoomba police Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Tony Rehn said Queensland Road Safety Week would roll out across the region from August 17-21 as part of the statewide awareness program.

“Road Safety Week was done for the first time last year in the Central region around Rockhampton,” he said.

“But this is the first year it has gone statewide.”

Each day will focus on a different theme and includes displays, presentations and participation events during the week from August 17-21.

Read more in The Chronicle.

Queensland Considers New Laws To Tackle Big Spike In Motorcycle Deaths

Minimum learner periods for riders, an extension to zero-alcohol limits, and new mandatory tests and courses would be introduced under sweeping changes to motorcycle laws being considered by the state.

By July 23, there had been 32 motorcycle-related fatalities in Queensland this year, a 60 per cent increase on the same period last year, according to a discussion paper issued by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the spike in deaths was unacceptable.

Read more in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

Queensland Mobile Speed Camera Warning Signs To Be Removed

Queensland police have been told to remove signs warning drivers of upcoming mobile speed camera traps.

“Speed camera in use” signs that were placed ahead of police camera vans were deemed “too problematic” and too small by the state’s Road Policing Command.

RACQ executive manager of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding did not see the change as misleading.

“I think police have always used a mix of overt and covert, and we certainly support that,” he said.

Read more in The Australian.

Source: www.theaustralian.com.au