Truth behind roadside devices not so sinister
THEY sent social media into a spin and had motorists hitting the brake pedal, but today we can reveal the far-less-sinister truth.
Roadside devices attached to a speed limit sign on the New England Hwy at Mt Kynoch last week were not speed cameras, according to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
"The cameras (shown in a photograph on social media) are used for traffic surveys and were set up to collect data on the number and type of vehicles passing through the area," a department representative told The Chronicle.
Many on Facebook and Twitter claimed the "hidden" devices, which were in place for 24 hours from June 23, were a new, high-tech speed camera deployed by police.
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JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS
What social media users had to say about the roadside devices:
- Speed camera or tracking system, why do the police have to track innocent people?
- They are number plate recognition cameras ? I thought we all knew that already ?
- Even if they were speed cameras, if you do the speed limit you have nothing to worry about!!!
- So do those cameras get you for doing over 80?
- I was driving home to Ipswich. I did see a flash from a sign. I was slowing down so they haven't turned them off.
- They're speed cameras and they should be on every speed limit sign.
- On high traffic roads conventional rubber strips can't be used as traffic counters. Cameras are used instead.