POLICE have a brand new, theft-proof weapon against speeding and so far it is working a treat.
The white trailer housing a speed camera worth hundreds of thousands of dollars is already attracting considerable notoriety after being unleashed on the southern public just a couple of weeks ago.
“We’re trialling the trailer to see if it provides a viable alternative to police manning speed camera sites themselves, and so far it is working,” Tasmania Police traffic boss Mark Beech-Jones said.
Anyone thinking about stealing or damaging the trailer spotted everywhere from the Brooker Highway to Huonville lately should think again.
“It’s fitted with a range of anti-theft and anti-vandalism devices so I’d suggest people leave it alone,” Insp Beech-Jones said.
Civilian speed camera operators have been sacked across the state as the police department battles to meet its multi-million dollar budget cuts.
“If the trailer is successful we will roll out more of them in the coming months,” Insp Beech-Jones said.
And complaining over its use and the use of speed cameras in general should stop to consider speeding proved the state’s prime problem on the roads this Easter.
“Overall, Tasmanian motorists deserve a pat on the back we’ve recorded a fatality-free Easter and while we’ve conducted 5000 more breathalyser tests than last Easter, we’ve caught five less drink-drivers,” Insp Beech-Jones said.
“But unfortunately speed continues to be a major issue with 818 people detected driving over the posted limit.”
Well certainly a trailer is far cheaper than the latest model SUV! But the better thing is to simply not to speed! although I thought that Tasmania Police would have put a total block on the use of speed cameras as a way to say to the state government that cutting frontline services is not the best way to combat issues such as speed along with many other issues.