Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 11:10am
An innovative addition to Tasmania Police road safety equipment is being further developed after a successful trial in Southern District.
The new speed camera trailer was developed and tested by Southern Traffic Services from March 2012 and evaluated for its potential to be rolled out statewide.
An evaluation of the trial found:
- The speed camera trailer records more detections than an unmanned camera car (5.9 detections per session as opposed to the unmanned camera car for the same period at 4.8 detections).
- The number of detections rejected is lower than was being obtained for the same period last year with unsworn operators in manned cars.
- The trailer also records a lower number of rejections than from an unmanned camera car.
- The trailer is less likely to have the camera go out of alignment.
- It is easy to set up and can be deployed by one officer.
The trailer is fitted with security systems. There have been no serious issues in relation to damage and on duty officers are advised of its location to ensure it is given passing attention.
As the trial has found the speed camera trailers are a valuable addition to our road safety equipment, work is now underway to further develop the trailer concept with the intention of supplying one to each police district.
Tasmania is the first jurisdiction to trial speed cameras in trailers.