Q. I was only a few kilometers over the limit – that’s not really speeding.
Why should I be punished?
Driving a few kilometers over the speed limit is more serious than you might think. Research shows'
that even a small reduction in speed can make a big difference in an accident.In a 60 km/h
zone, the risk of a crash doubles at just 5km/h over the speed limit. Traveling a few kilometers over
the limit can mean the difference between life and death.
For example, a person hit by a car traveling at 30 km/h will be severely injured and have
a 10 per cent likelihood of death. Increase this speed to 55km/h and the likelihood of death is
about 85 per cent. At 60km/h, the person is unlikely to survive. Survival rates are higher for
car occupants than pedestrians. Even so, a side impact above 40 or 50 km/h and a front
impact above 70 km/h are likely to cause death, although having airbags fitted greatly increases
your chance of survival.
Encouraging drivers to reduce their driving speed by just a few kilometers per hour will
substantially reduce both the number and severity of road casualties.
Q.Does looking out for cameras and at your speedo all the time actually cause
more casualties than the cameras prevent?
If you're traveling at or under the lawful speed, there's no need to be looking out for a camera.
Driving is a multi-task activity that requires concentration at all times. Drivers have to pay attention
to a number of operational and environmental factors. If you do not look at your speedometer there
is no way to tell what speed you are traveling. Checking your speed should be as natural as
checking your mirrors.
Q.Can mobile speed cameras be set up on a hill?
There are no technical or legal restrictions on placing a mobile road safety camera on a slope,
gradient or hill.
LTA selects mobile road safety camera locations to target high-risk driver behavior and areas with
a history of crashes. When assessing a potential camera location on a slope, gradient or hill, LTA
will consider whether there are any level sites in the area that will achieve the same road
safety objective. If another location can’t be found, a mobile road safety camera can be set up
on a slope, gradient or hill.
Q.I don’t think I was speeding but got flashed by a camera.
Could it have been another vehicle?
The fixed digital safety cameras used by LTA at intersections monitor multiple lanes for both
speed and red-light offenses. If a vehicle in one of the other lanes is traveling at excess speed or
passes through a red light, it will cause an incident to be recorded by the camera. The system
is able to differentiate between lanes and only the offending vehicle will be fined.
Q.I was already in the intersection when the lights changed to red. Will I be prosecuted?
No. A vehicle that is already in the intersection when the lights change to red will not activate the
camera, even if they proceed through the intersection. Only a vehicle entering an intersection
after the light has turned red will activate the camera.
Q.I got a fine for speeding, but I was using cruise control or my GPS speed display
to stay within the limit at the time. How could I possibly be speeding?
Road safety cameras measure a vehicle’s speed to a high level of accuracy and are regularly
tested to ensure they are working correctly. Both cruise control and GPS speed displays can
be subject to errors. It remains the driver’s responsibility to stay within the speed limit.