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Are drones the new speed cameras?

AirDog drone
AirDog drone

Are drones the new tool in the police arsenal to clamp down on speeding and other traffic infringements?

Veteran racer Marty Thompson believes they could be after a riding partner witnessed Victorian Police testing drone technology on the Great Ocean Road, now known as “Australian Crawl” due to over policing and ridiculously low speed limits.

Marty says his friend came upon a police road block where they were testing a drone shadowing an unmarked grey Holden Commodore station wagon.

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“I attempted to find someone from the Victoria Police willing to make comment or perhaps even explain the intended usage of said drone, but unsurprisingly, came upon a wall of silence,” says Marty.

He admits that the use of drones to monitor speeding is “just speculation at this point”.

“With current laws, I doubt that speed detection would be viable, although technology may be able to achieve it,” he says.

“So I assume it is to monitor those who pass slow-moving tourist traffic over the unbroken white centre line which lines the majority of The Great Ocean Road.

“However, it shows the lengths that the Victoria Police are willing to go to in order to achieve that ‘bottom line’ of a healthy bank balance; I mean a safer road system!

“So, now not only do you have to watch for the officers set up with radars, binoculars and camouflage nets in the bush above, but also the eyes in the sky.“

Marty counters the argument by some that if you don’t break the rules, you have nothing to worry about.

“In my mind, it’s just another step towards creating a society that needs protection from itself,” he says.

“Yet we all know the realities are not that at all, but an insatiable appetite for income generation under the veil of road safety.”

Marty Thompson shows his style drone drones speed
Marty Thompson shows his style

Martin, 48, has been riding since he was a kid, got his first road bike in 1983, raced road bikes from 1993-1997 and has owned more than 30 bikes. He was a B support rider for Cosway Motorcycles/TKA in 1996 with Kevin Curtain as his team mate. He bought Troy Bayliss’s 1995 SS bike from Gavin Cosway and raced that in 1996/7.

He predicts that GPS tracking will be installed on all vehicles within the next 10 years.

  1. “He predicts that GPS tracking will be installed on all vehicles within the next 10 years.” I also predict you’ll need to insert a credit card before you can start your vehicle and every time your speed exceeds the limit by more than 1/2 kph, a message flashes on an LCD screen saying “$100 has been deducted from your account FOR ROAD SAFETY”.

    Shoot me now!

  2. Just got a flash for cash in the mail today 113 in a 100 zone on a road that has 110 zones but should be 130 at least all the way, I could have easily and safely doing 180 on that road but in the name of nannying / revenue raising I have to have my life endangered by a too low and therefore dangerous speed limit that I have to further endanger my life to obey by paying too much attention to my speed.
    And to those idiots who say don’t speed don’t get fined here is a fact for you exceeding the speed limit is not the same as speeding. Also to point out another fact I was not deliberately doing that speed the camera was most likely positioned just after a small hill, to maintain speed you accelerate on the upside but if you aren’t quick enough or distracted from staring at the speedo by actually looking where you are going you can quickly attain an extra ten or twenty kph before you realise.
    Now to correctly define speeding,
    Traveling at a speed that is too fast for the circumstances is speeding and this can occur at speeds below the posted limit. Only very rarely are accidents caused or greatly contributed to by speeds greater than the posted limit, so rarely in fact that all the rhetoric regarding the dangers of speeding is deliberately misleading people to believe that exceeding the speed limit is what is dangerous in order to justify the rampant revenue raising.
    I have come to believe that the over enforcement of speed limits is having a detrimental impact on road safety to the point that the additional accidents now being cause by this over policing are now costing more than the revenue gained.

  3. If speeding was the cause of most death / injury on the roads, as with any other HSSE issue the first control barrier would be physical prevention.

    The best way would be to fit all road signs with transponders, and insist all new cars received the transponder signal and limited its speed accordingly.

    Problem is government (both local & national) is far more interested in revenue raising and associating unrealistic reasons to issues in order to further increase funds. A fine doesn’t prevent speeding, it simply accociates a cost to it. Call it a speeding TAX.

  4. The original Victorian Policeman who mooted the very first speed camera’s personal research noted that over 30% (yes you read correctly) was due to suicide. So I suggest that people are fined for this offence as well to support the bloated public service management structure.

  5. Well how about it we all know the story it’s about money full stop.
    Yes they can get me for 10-15 above the posted limit BUT cannot catch the local criminals in our town,it has the rated twice the break-in rate in NSW and we have 3 Highway patrol cars and 2 paddy wagons and the police cover the 4 small villages/towns surrounding our town, for a population of 12,000 (that’s counting rural area as well. )
    The thing that gets me going is the “drug test” That is coming, i am waiting for a reply from the authorities about the legality of taking MY DNA without due cause or suspicion please note “YOU ARE INNOCENT TILL PROVEN GUILTY” not GUILTY and then have to prove your innocence.
    Happy Trails

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