Speed trap in Coffs

You've been warned: A mobile speed camera with warning signs south of Urunga.
You've been warned: A mobile speed camera with warning signs south of Urunga. Gemima Harvey

A SPEED detection reform requiring warning signs to be placed 50 metres ahead of mobile speed cameras offers a “fairer approach” for motorists, according to a spokesperson for the NSW Minister for Roads.

The spokesperson said the signs, which read ‘safety camera ahead’, are intended to prompt people to change their behaviour and to drive within the speed limit.

“Members of the community have expressed the view that inclusion of vehicle markings is a fairer approach to mobile speed enforcement,” the spokesperson said.

Given the RTA will not disclose the range of mobile speed cameras for “operational reasons”, it is possible motorists have been detected speeding before they see the signs.

On the other hand, if the signs allow motorists to slow down before they are caught, this would contravene the aim of mobile cameras “to reduce speeding through the use of anywhere, anytime enforcement”.

It is a topic of interest for Coffs resident Russell Chiffey, who wrote a fervent letter to the Coffs Coast Advocate last week.

The letter read: “What a wonderful situation now for motorists who chose to speed. All cameras, both fixed and mobile, will be clearly flagged for them.

“My argument here is if we have no knowledge of where the next radar gun is being aimed at us we are far more mindful of our speed.”

NRMA president Wendy Machin said these initiatives would stop people feeling “trapped” or “tricked”.

“Initially mobile cameras were unmarked white 4WDs and we thought motorists were getting a raw deal as it wasn’t until you passed them that you became aware of their presence and we feel that was entrapment ,” Ms Machin said.

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