August 02, 2003


A civic-minded individual is circulating a list of police speed traps in Melbourne. The Age sounds as though it disapproves:

Asked if the information in the email would affect safety on the roads, Ms Schmidt said: "The fact of the matter is that the list is not one hundred per cent accurate. You will need to talk to police about that. If that's the case, then I wouldn't be able to comment on that."

Seems to me the information in the email would make people drive slower, certainly in the areas listed as camera zones. The Age hates an informed populace.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 2, 2003 12:18 AM

Slow down for a hundred metres and speed off again. Defeats the purpose of having speed cameras.

Posted by: Gabor at August 2, 2003 at 01:24 AM

Just watch out for the sneaky bastards who put two in a row.

At least in NSW the system is reasonably fair. All the speed cameras I've seen are preceded by three or four large signs saying "speed camera ahead". If any driver is still speeding by the time he gets to the camera, he's just not paying attention, and deserves a reminder to stay alert.

Posted by: Indole Ring at August 2, 2003 at 01:41 AM

"Fair"? Say, I've got a great idea. How about you actually read the speed-limit signs, and obey the law? Something of that nature?

"The Age hates an informed populace". Woo, Tim, you're spinning me out. A more accurate sentence would read: "The Age hates a populace that deliberately contravenes the law and undermines the work of Police officers".

Disagreeing with the law is insufficient reason to disobey it. This principle is the foundation of civil society. If you disagree, why not write to your local councillor, or lodge a complaint with the Police? I guess this is just too much hassle for some people.

Posted by: Dan at August 2, 2003 at 08:16 PM


Looking over the exerpt, I can't make any sort of determination what The Age wants. If there was other information in the article that made The Age's snarkiness more apparent, perhaps you should have included it.

Posted by: Darkwater at August 3, 2003 at 07:45 AM

Just another spray from Timbo, who can't get over the fact that he was treated like the rest of the plebs when collared for speeding on a country road a couple of years back.

"I'm a journalist, you know!" he exclaimed to the poor copper, who stupidly refused to take this into account, and wrote Timbo a ticket anyway.

Of course Timbo used his next newspaper column to whine lyrically about the injustice of it all.I mean, Tim knows how fast is safe! Tim knows everything!

Don't you know who Tim is?

Posted by: Block at August 3, 2003 at 01:02 PM

Personally, I'm hanging out for the day when GPS hits cell phones, and there's a freefone number to dial. The GPS coordinates and time are logged to a database when you dial in, and could be accompanied by a text detailing type of offending camera (static, in car, disguised as outboard on a boat, hand held by Robocop etc). The payoff is of course that as your phone checks its current cells, that database is also checked and you are warned if recently logged camera sightings are in your vicinity. Then you drive real slow. Then you get back to cruising altitude. Then you smile. Killer app: I'd pay $20 a month for that, so there's the commercial hook. Let's roll...

Posted by: SUVLuvver at August 3, 2003 at 07:53 PM