WA Police admit speed cameras giving false readings

The camera type in question. Photo: WA Police
The camera type in question. Photo: WA Police

WA Police have admitted multiple new speed cameras were giving wrong readings, including one incident that led to officers seizing a driver’s car for a false case of hooning.

Police have suspended 11 mobile speed cameras after a computer programming problem was identified since their roll out in January.

A Police Media spokesman said, out of 53,000 vehicles detected speeding by the cameras, 20 cases were known to be incorrect.

A screening process had identified 19 of the incorrect readings before an infringement was issued but one of the cases slipped through.

“In this instance, the driver was charged with a hoon offence and the vehicle surrendered to police,” the spokesman said.

“Prior to appearing in court, the driver disputed the speed reading and when the case was reviewed by police, the anomaly was identified.

“The vehicle was returned to the owner and the charge withdrawn.”

State Traffic Commander Scott Higgins said a review was being conducted into all of the infringements issued by the cameras.

“We have checked all infringements resulting in vehicle seizures or court proceedings and we are satisfied these have been correctly issued,” he said.

“All other infringements issued by the new cameras are now being manually validated to ensure no one else has been affected.”

There was no issue with the remaining mobile camera fleet, the fixed cameras, the point-to-point system or the red light speed cameras.