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Traffic cameras enforce both red-light and speeding offences and improve safety by deterring drivers from both running red-lights and speeding. Maximum speeds vary between states and are normally signposted. Tourists should consult the traffic authority for speed limits for each of the states they intend to drive.
Tourists should therefore be aware that driving in this great country can have expensive consequences if you pay more attention to the scenery and not be aware of speed limits and stop lights at intersections.
Traffic enforcement agencies regularly update their technology to trap those who speed. Some states have even trialed cameras set up inside dummy wheelie bins! So be warned - not all traffic cameras are visible.
So drive safely and always within the speed limit. Take rest stops every 2 hours or so.
Red Light Cameras are dotted thoughout to reduce accidents at controlled (traffic lights) intersections.
If you are approaching and unable to safely stop when the light turns to amber (yellow), dont panic.You won't get the dreaded "happy snap" in the mail. However don't push your luck as sensors under the road will instantly register if you decide to run a red light.
The timer on the amber light is usually set according to the legal road speed. A 60 km speed limit should trip from amber to red slightly faster than would traffic lights set in an 80 km speed zone, so giving you a little more time if absolutely needed to continue through.
If a car is over the white line; the sensor will set off the camera irrespective of the vehicles speed. Even very slow or stationary (over the line). So dont be tempted to close off the intersection and block other traffic as the camera can still see you.
A point-to-point (or average) speed camera system uses a number of cameras over a length of road to measure a vehicle’s average speed. The system uses the time it takes for a vehicle to travel between the two points to calculate the average speed of the vehicle. These can be difficult to notice so always travel at the signposted speed. Vehicles can been fined for speeding infringments even when the two cameras are several hundred kilometers apart. In rural Australia it is best to assume that the default limit is 100km/h unless you are sure a higher limit is applicable.
A list of some Queensland point to point cameras.