New speed camera on Bruce Hwy active

Motorists have been warned to keep an eye on their speed, with new speed cameras going live today on the Bruce Highway on the Sunshine Coast.

The new point to point cameras were installed on southbound lanes between Landsborough and Elimbah to catch motorists exceeding the 110km/h speed limit.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating told the Sunshine Coast Daily advisory signs had been installed at all locations for several months in preparation for the operation of these new road safety camera initiatives.

“The aim of these cameras is to deter drivers from speeding or disobeying red light signals as the consequences of this risky behaviour is known to contribute to road crashes,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

“Speeding and disobeying signals is illegal and dangerous. It is everyone’s responsibility to drive safely.”

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said motorists not doing the right thing had three chances to get caught.

“The point-to-point system works by catching drivers speeding at Point A, Point B and then speeding between Point A and Point B,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Instead of just getting drivers to slow down at a particular point, we know this system slows drivers down for longer.”

Ms Ritchie said many people incorrectly believed speeding fines was revenue raising.

“Legislation states the funds from speeding fines has to go back into road safety programs,” she said.

“If you want to avoid to getting a speeding fine, that’s simple. Don’t speed.”

In Queensland, speed camera placement has to meet a strict criteria in order to be installed, generally based on high-risk crash rating or from complaints from the public.