State Government increases penalties for having speed camera interference devices

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DRIVERS face tough new penalties if they are caught using devices like laser jammers or scramblers designed to interfere with speed cameras.

Anyone caught with one fitted to their vehicle, or with any physical barrier preventing detection, now faces a $1200 fine and the loss of seven demerit points, doubling to 14 demerit points on a holiday weekend.

The penalty increases to $1500 for those driving a heavy vehicle.

WA Police can also issue infringements to drivers who try to avoid a speed camera by driving in a way that will affect the operation of the camera, such as tailgating or driving off road.

“We’ve given ample warning of these new laws coming into effect,” Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said.

“Drivers caught with one of these gadgets face hefty fines and demerit point penalties.

“Speed is a significant factor in too many fatal and serious injury crashes in Western Australia, with 67 people killed in speed-related crashes in 2016.

“These new laws show the State Government won’t tolerate people who use this technology to travel at excessive speeds and put themselves and other road users at risk.”

One road user, who wished to remain anonymous, said she would not relinquish her radar detector and slammed the move.

“I think is ridiculous, it’s blatant revenue raising,” the motorist said.

“There is some very compelling research about the speed limit set on our roads and how its not set correctly for the road conditions.

“Setting it lower than is comfortable so money can be made by drivers doing 5-10km over the limit.

“I have a radar detector because I feel like traffic policing has gone beyond protecting people and its monetary driven focus is concerning.

“I’m a good driver and am on the road a lot.

“What concerns me most is lack of attention while driving primarily people on there phones.”

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