‘World’s first’ hidden speed cameras in Queensland school districts

'World's first' hidden speed cameras in Queensland school districts

The Queensland government claims it is the first jurisdiction in the world to embed speed cameras in school zone signs and is launching a two-year trial this week.

A “world-first” installation of speed cameras embedded in school zone signs has begun in Queensland, to coincide with the start of a new school year.

The undercover school zone speed camera trial began on January 23, 2023 in certain Queensland locations, after being hinted at in August 2022.

In Queensland, school zones are open from 7am to 9am and from 2pm to 4pm.

During active school zone hours, the speed limit on roads with a normal speed of 50 km/h to 70 km/h is reduced to 40 km/h. Roads with a regular speed limit of 80 km/h or more are reduced to 60 km/h.

According to the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2022, 70,132 speeding violations were issued to drivers who were caught exceeding the posted speed limit in school zones.

The figures show that 36,326 tickets were issued to drivers who exceeded the school zone speed limit by 13km/h to 20km/h – accounting for more than half of the fines over the 51-month period – while 27,493 drivers were issued for speeding by less than 13 km/h were caught. H.

The school zone speed camera test is scheduled to run until the end of April 2024 in parallel with a police operation aimed at catching speeding drivers in construction zones.

Bright yellow construction speed cameras (pictured below) have been camouflaged to look like heavy equipment on a construction site.

In a media statement, Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the new speed cameras would help enforce speed limits in areas with pedestrians most at risk.

“Speed ​​kills and there is no excuse for enforcing speed limits in school zones and construction sites,” Mr Bailey said in a media statement.

“No one wants to be blamed for the death or injury of a child going to or from school, or a road worker simply going about their work.

“These new speed cameras will force drivers to slow down to avoid a fine or earn penalty points, there’s no penalty for being right.”

More than 70,000 speeding violations were imposed on drivers who exceeded the speed limit in school zones between January 2018 and April 2022.

Mr Bailey also reiterated the state government’s new fines and penalty points penalties, which came into effect on July 1, 2022.

“In line with our strong stance on road safety, we have increased penalties,” Mr Bailey said.

“Now if you go 1-10 mph over the limit you will be fined $287 plus one point, and between 11-20 mph the penalty is $431 plus three points.”

In 2022, Queensland recorded the highest road tolls since 2009, with 299 road users killed during the 12-month period – the most of any Australian jurisdiction despite being the third most populous state.

From January 1, 2023 to date, 13 people have died on Queensland’s roads.

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Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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