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Are more red light cameras welcome?

Red light cameras

While many riders hate covert speed cameras that are turning us into a nation of speedo gazers, they should welcome more red light traffic cameras.

Lane filtering now puts us at the front of the traffic light queue, so when the light changes to green we have a duty to get away quickly to avoid holding up traffic.

However, this puts us in danger of being cleaned up by motorists running yellow and/or red lights.

More red light cameras with good signage might just prevent motorists from running lights and putting us in danger.

Queensland has just added eight more intersections to its list of locations with new combined red light and speed cameras.

They not only detect motorists who disobey the red traffic light, but also those who speed through the intersection.

Statistics reveal that 11% of all serious casualties on Queensland roads occur at intersections with traffic lights.

Accidents involving motorists running red lights are usually t-bone crashes which are the most lethal, especially for riders.

During the past five years, 42 people have been killed and more than 3000 hospitalised in crashes at signalised intersections in Queensland.

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The only problem we can see if if the lights fail don’t change for motorcycles.

Many small motorbikes don’t trigger the inductor loop in the ground.

Click here to find out how to make them trigger and what you can do if they don’t work.

Cut marks in the road show where the inductor loop is located
Cut marks in the road show where the inductor loop is located

Riders who give up waiting for the lights to change and ride through the red light can expect to cop a fine!

If these cameras are being installed at more intersections, it is vital that the authorities ensure lights detect motorcycles or install more roadside buttons like these to trigger the lights.Red-light traffic light red light cameras

Speed and red light cameras

The new combined red light and speed cameras are fixed and operate 24 hours a day.

They are at the following intersections in Queensland:

  • Glenlyon Street, Gladstone Central at intersection with Tank Street;
  • Anzac Avenue Road, Kippa-Ring at intersection with Boardman Road;
  • Morayfield Road, Morayfield (intersection of Caboolture River Road);
  • Lutwyche Road,  Lutwyche  (intersection of Norman Avenue);
  • Lutwyche Road, Kedron (intersection of Kedron Park Road);
  • Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo (intersection of Cavendish Road);
  • Smith Street, Southport (intersection of Kumbari Avenue); and
  • Bermuda Street, Burleigh Waters (intersection of Christine Avenue).

The combined red light and speed camera systems have advisory signs installed prior to the intersection advising motorists that a combined red light and speed camera system is operating.

For the complete list of combined speed and red light cameras in Queensland, click here.

  1. If the induction loop doesn’t detect a bike but still triggers the red light camera if you give up and go through then there is something seriously wrong!
    The only problem I have with redlight cameras especially combination speed cameras is the propensity for them to be too hair triggered and improperly programmed so that they take pictures when you’re legally allowed to enter an intersection to make a turn. Often when you enter the intersection to make a turn the lights may change , if you entered on a green or yellow which is legal when turning right or left if you’re American but complete the turn on a red which is supposed to be legal the camera will activate and you either have to pay the fine or try and find a judge who’s not an incompetent psychopath.

  2. I see ever more cautious ‘speedo gazers’ slamming on the picks on orange regardless of (Prepare to stop if it’s safe to do so) to not get ticketed. Lot’s of rear enders, hopefully with no motorbike or scooter riders being, ‘the meat in the sandwich’ 🙁

  3. My only fear is when the lights turn yellow and the car in front of me slams on the brakes. Me being a cautious and sensible rider will also stop, but if the driver behind me is not paying attention or on the phone, I get sandwiched between the two.

  4. There are no traffic lights where I live (alright, there’s one at a T-junction when I go into Lismore), but on the odd occasion it’s necessary to drive or ride a couple of hours to the big smoke, I think red-light cameras are a great idea. One thing people do forget is that green doesn’t mean “Go”; it means proceed “if it is safe to do so”. When I am in the smoke, I never take off on a green light without first checking in all directions. It doesn’t take long and even for those who are filtering, the amount of time taken won’t significantly delay riding through the intersection.

  5. Just more opportunity to rake in extra revenue…
    Lane filtering riders need to realise that if they pull up in front of the queue of cars they’ll cop a fine for going through a red light if they inadvertently venture over the stop line…

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