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  • IMOA
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    Originally posted by Sturmovik View Post

    Actually from my understanding intersections with red light cameras see an increase in rear end accidents.
    I think the idea is that they reduce the accidents where someone gets t boned from the side which are the ones most likely to kill someone. Low speed rear enders because someone wasn't paying attention/following too close are rarely fatal.

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  • Sturmovik
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    Originally posted by Jason Broadhurst View Post
    Isn't that funny - no one actually argues with red light cameras because the work and have made significant tangible improvements in road safety.

    Turn of the fucking 107 in a 100 zone at the bottom of a hill with low traffic and zero population density cameras to make a point please.
    Actually from my understanding intersections with red light cameras see an increase in rear end accidents.

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  • piss98
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    I like how it says "won't have to pay....yet". Surely doing a test after someone is caught and proving it is working on the test day isn't solid evidence it was working properly on the day someone got a fine and any half decent lawyer would argue you out of paying?

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  • Jason Broadhurst
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    Isn't that funny - no one actually argues with red light cameras because the work and have made significant tangible improvements in road safety.

    Turn of the fucking 107 in a 100 zone at the bottom of a hill with low traffic and zero population density cameras to make a point please.

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  • Nick
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    It's ok, they are putting the lives on the public at risk to make a point. It's the new way to govern.

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  • Captiva Fan
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    Yay!

    Devices catching something that actually IS dangerous are being ultra-scrutinised & taken offline!!
    Go the ambulance-chasers!!!

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  • Falc&Send
    started a topic boothy.com SA cops to suspend red light fines

    SA cops to suspend red light fines




    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-...tions/12741294

    SA police, to suspend all red-light fines, regularly close 134 intersections for testing after court ruling


    By Bension Siebert and Eugene Boisvert

    Posted Yesterday at 8:21pm, updated Yesterday at 11:58pmRed-light cameras will continue to catch offenders, but those caught since last Friday will not have to pay fines … for now.(ABC News)Share

    SA Police has suspended collecting fines for running a red light in South Australia and will temporarily close 134 intersections once a month in response to a Supreme Court judgement.
    Key points:
    • Offending drivers will not have to pay fines for now
    • Red-light cameras will still be catching those who run red lights
    • SA Police will have to close 134 intersections each month to test the cameras

    Once every 28 days, multiple police officers will be dispatched to close each intersection with a red-light camera so they can be tested.

    And all fines for running a red light that have been issued but not yet paid will not be collected for the time being, and no new expiations will be issued while SA Police seeks legal advice.

    The move is in response to a Supreme Court judgement last week that overturned a man's fine for running a red light because the camera had not been tested properly.

    Justice Greg Parker found David Woolmer's fine and conviction were invalid because the red-light camera in question had not been tested while a vehicle actually passes through the intersection during a red light, as required by regulations.

    Legal experts said that the judgement would have implications for similar cases.

    The judgement overturned a decision of a lower court, which said the regulation could not reasonably mean intersections had to be closed every 28 days to test the accuracy of cameras.

    But that is exactly what will now happen.
    Testing will block traffic at intersections once a month


    In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, SA Police acknowledged closing intersections every 28 days would cause major traffic obstruction.

    "The Supreme Court judgement requires a testing process involving police vehicles activating the red-light camera in controlled conditions," the statement said.
    "This will inevitably cause traffic obstruction, however, this is unavoidable and will be managed as safely as possible to minimise disruption.

    "SAPOL will commence the closure of intersections to conduct drive-through tests in accordance with the judgement as soon as possible."
    Solicitor Karen Stanley said if SAPOL does not make changes to its testing requirements, the judgement could affect all unfinalised fines.(ABC News: Eugene Boisvert)Cameras will continue to catch offenders


    SA Police stressed that red-light cameras would continue to catch offenders and that running a red light was one of the most dangerous actions a driver could take.

    But anyone caught by the cameras who had yet to pay their fine, and anyone caught since the judgement was handed down last Friday, will not have to pay up, at least for now.

    SA Police emphasised that it had "absolute confidence" in its red-light camera system.

    "However, we acknowledge that as a result of this judgement, we are obliged to review our testing and checking processes while we seek advice in relation to the Supreme Court decision," the police statement said.
    "All unpaid expiation notices issued prior to the judgement on 2 October 2020 and any offences detected from the date of the judgment will be suspended pending the outcome of the advice."
    Suspension may defer thousands of fines


    State Government data shows about 23,500 fines were handed out for failing to obey red or yellow traffic lights in the 2019-20 financial year.

    Total fines for the offences during that period were worth $13.3 million.

    That equates to around 1,900 fines worth $1.1 million to government coffers each month.

    The State Government declined to comment on Wednesday but Police Commissioner Grant Stevens is expected to address the situation publicly on Thursday morning.

    Posted Yesterday, updated Yesterday
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