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We've Noticed Something About WA's New Speed Cameras

It’s getting to that time of year where heaps of us pack up the car and head down south, either for Leavers or the Christmas break.

Despite news reports, there seems to be some confusion about the new point-to-point cameras along Forrest Highway and Old Coast Road.

The cameras will use number plate recognition to measure the time and speed at which a vehicle passes through the two camera points, and calculate whether the average speed over the total distance is over the allowed speed limit, which is 110km/hr.

And although the cameras are still in a testing phase, some vehicles are, anecdotally, already adjusting their driving behaviour in unexpected ways.

“I was sitting on about 100 as I passed the first camera,” said 96FM’s Fitzi, describing his trip from Perth to Bunbury at the weekend.

“I then saw this truck pass me and I remember thinking, ‘he shouldn’t be passing me’, considering the 100km/hr speed limit.”

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The truck ended up disappearing into the horizon ahead, but after a short time, he saw the same truck on the side of the road.

“He hadn’t been pulled over by police and for a sec I wondered if he had broken down, but it didn’t look like he had,” he said.

It wasn’t until he noticed the second point-to-point camera a few kilometres later that he came to the conclusion that the truck driver had stopped to ‘average out’ a slower speed between the cameras.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard this kind of chatter, except that drivers aren’t stopping on the side of the road but spending more time at the one roadhouse between the two checkpoints. Again, anecdotally.

Sharon, who answered the phone at Settlers Roadhouse in Myalup, about 10-15 minutes before the second camera, said they get so many trucks through each day it was “hard to tell” if they were stopping to average a slower speed or that they really just wanted a Coffee Chill.  

“We tend to just get the older travelling folk asking what the cameras are for,” she said.

What we do know is this: the cameras are still in a testing phase and you can’t get pinged with infringements related to the point-to-point cameras during this period.

BUT, a spokeswoman for the Road Safety Commission told 96FM that if the cameras happened to pick up that “someone was clearly hooning” there may be “repercussions” and WA Police could take action.

Normal enforcement patrols are still in effect.

What have you heard? Are drivers using these kinds of measures to slow their average speed between the point-to-point cameras?

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