West Australian backbencher Nigel Hallett has criticised his own government for morphing speed cameras into “more of a revenue raising exercise”.
In state Parliament on Wednesday, Mr Hallett voiced his displeasure at the less frequent use of warning signs in areas targeted by cameras.
“It has lost the effect of the deterrent without the signs,” the MP said.
“To me it’s starting to point like more of a revenue raising exercise.
“In my opinion, and the majority of people who have contacted my office, it loses the whole point of combating speed and making people more away of their own speeds.”
WA Police Minister Liza Harvey has refuted the politician’s claim.
“Police advise me you need to have a combination of overt speed camera policing and covert speed camera policing and until I see evidence to the contrary that will always form part of our strategy,” Ms Harvey said.
“The evidence is very clear from New South Wales and Victoria – independent auditor-general reports have said speed cameras change driver behaviour, they have people slow down and they change lives.”