Discovery of speed camera fault will shake public’s trust, says Assistant Police Commissioner

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

WA Police believe a faulty camera that led to a driver being prosecuted for dangerous driving has cast doubt over the public’s trust in speed cameras.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Zanetti said the faulty cameras affected people’s confidence in the devices and was one of the factors that led to 11 mobile cameras being taken off the roads.

“We are not satisfied – one in 53,000 is a small number, but it’s unacceptable,” he said.

“We know that cameras are effective through research, we know that they are effective in changing driver behaviour, in relation to speeding, we know the link between speeding and road trauma.”

He stressed the importance of motorist being confident in cameras and said police were going through every infringement and that the devices would not return to the roads until they had been re-certified and the issue was no longer present.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Zanetti.

Prior to appearing in court, the charged driver disputed a speed-reading and when police reviewed the case identified an anomaly.

“We have apologised to her and we will be talking to her about making any recompenses for any out of pocket expenses,” Assistant Commissioner Zanetti said.

The vehicle was returned to the owner and the charge withdrawn.

Testing prior to the roll out of the new cameras in January did not identify this issue, which the manufacturer would now work to resolve.

The company told the police about a software issue that led to an anomalous reading and the issue led to no one receiving an infringement because registration plates of vehicle were not visible.

State Traffic Commander Scott Higgins said the issue does not affect the remainder of the mobile camera fleet, fixed cameras, point-to-point system nor the speed and red light cameras.

There was no estimated timeframe for the cameras to be back on the road.

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