New laws stop speed camera evaders

The State Government has announced new laws that ban the use of gadgets to evade detection by speed cameras will be introduced in WA on 12 December 2017.
 
Amendments will be made to the Road Traffic Code 2000 that will make it an offence for a person to drive a vehicle that is fitted with a device or equipment that would prevent or adversely affect the operation of speed measuring and recording equipment or an average speed detection system.


 
This includes any device such as laser jammers or electronic scramblers and any physical barrier preventing detection from high angle cameras above.
 
A person must not drive a motor vehicle on a road in a manner that would prevent or adversely affect the operation of speed measuring and recording equipment or an average speed detection system.
 
This part of the regulation refers to the way a person may drive to avoid detection, such as tail-gating the vehicle in front to hide their licence plate, or moving onto the shoulder of the road, or crossing to the opposite side of the road to avoid detection.
 
Anyone caught breaking the new laws from 12 December will face a $1500 infringement when driving a heavy vehicle and a $1200 infringement when driving a motor vehicle other than a heavy vehicle.
 
Drivers will also receive 7 demerit points, or 14 demerit points during a holiday period, which means a driver can lose their licence due to demerit points if caught breaking this law on a holiday weekend.
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