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.

6 Comments

  • Sharka 3/01/2018 11:03:57 AM
    Hi Wayne,
    The new law stipulates that a person must not drive a motor vehicle on a road if the vehicle is fitted with any device or other equipment that would prevent or adversely affect the operation of the speed cameras. So as long as your radar equipment doesn't prevent or adversely affect the operation it's not illegal.
    However, if police find that there are functions in the device which would adversely affect the speed cameras, you could be charged and penalised.
    Kind Regards,
    Sharka

  • Wayne Maybury 23/12/2017 4:11:01 PM
    I understand that laser jammers illegal to use in W.A but are radar detector still Legal to use in W.A. after 12.12.2017.
    Thank You

  • Sharka 13/12/2017 8:10:46 AM
    Hi Geoff,
    The short answer is yes. Any device with capability to jam or interfere may be considered an offence regardless whether it's switched on or functional at the time. If it's in your car, the police officer has the right to give you a fine.
    The simple and safest solution is to adhere to the speed limit at all times and remove the jammer from your car.
    Stay safe this Christmas season.

  • Geoff 13/12/2017 7:05:18 AM
    So as I clealry stated, the jammers don't jam or interfere with camera's or laser guns in anyway. If I am speeding I will be caught.
    So are they illegal or not please so I can do the right thing by the law??

  • Sharka Hornakova 12/12/2017 3:03:47 PM
    Hi Geoff, Thank you for your comment.
    The new law stipulates that a person must not drive a motor vehicle on a road if the vehicle is fitted with any device or other equipment that would prevent or adversely affect the operation of the speed cameras. As such, regardless of any letter which may be provided about whether the "laser jammer" function is turned on or off, if police find that an installed device is one which would adversely affect the operation of a speed camera, this may be considered an offence.
    I hope this helps.

  • Geoff 12/12/2017 8:27:28 AM
    Just wondering, I have had my "laser jammers" disabled so they only detect laser guns/camera's etc. I have a letter written by the supplier outlining that these "jammers" do not now interfere with the speed detection methods, but still alert me to cameras/lasers. In effect they are no different to "radar detectors" which are still legal in WA. I want an answer to this so I do not break the law and this new legislation.
    By the way I don't drive fast or even have a fast car and I am well over 50 years old but I like other drivers tend to focus on what's around us and trying to antisipate what other drivers are going or might do rather than looking at the speedo every 3 or 4 seconds which in it's self should be dangerous as you have to take your eyes off the road. I feel accidently speeding 4klm in a dual lane highway such as the Roe between Morrison Rd & Gt Nth Highway which is 90klm zone (not including 70klm at Tooday Rd Lights) is pathetic and speeding fines issued. My cruise control even let's me gain 2klm going down small inclines and thats on a $120k Toyota. Give drivers a break like they do in most Countires of the World, where they allow 10% for inaccurate speedo's, tyre change sizing all of which can effect the actual and shown speed to the driver.
    Look forward to the jammers question answered so the 2,000 plus driver out there with them know where they stand. Thank you.

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