Queensland’s state traffic cameras are set to receive an update in coming weeks after an inquiry into the safety of the technology found some issues with the way the cameras were used.
Key points:The Queensland government is currently in the process of updating its road safety camerasThe Queensland Government says it is considering adding extra cameras to the system after an independent review found some safety issuesThe Queensland Police Department said there were no issues with installing new cameras.
It is understood the government is considering an update to its camera technology, which has been in place since 2014.
The Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development (DITRAD) is currently investigating the safety and security of the cameras, which are currently installed in about 120 locations in the state.
In December, the Federal Government asked the state to review the camera safety issue and to take any necessary measures to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
The Department of Environment, Heritage and Parks said it would review the cameras’ installation in coming months.
The DITRADE inquiry said it was “extremely concerned” about the issue with the camera system and recommended the state consider a “reassessment” of the system.
“It is recommended that the state undertake a review of the camera installation,” the inquiry said.
“In particular, it is recommended the installation of new cameras be done in an environmentally responsible way to minimise the risk of the equipment becoming damaged during the installation.”
It said the installation process should be simplified and made easier for people with limited or no access to their own property.
The investigation found that the cameras had been used on a range of roads including the Hume Highway, Brisbane River, the Kings Highway, the Highway 1, and the Hume Freeway.
It found one of the first incidents of an “unexpected accident” with the cameras occurred on the Hume highway, on December 13, 2016, when a driver suffered minor injuries.
The driver, who was not identified, reported the incident to police.
On December 15, 2016 the Queensland Police Service received a report of a “lack of visibility” on the highway.
It advised the driver to drive through the road and then exit at the Hume exit ramp.
The police said the driver did not have the right to turn left on the exit ramp and left through the bush and onto the Hume.
“The driver’s failure to follow the prescribed path and speed on the ramp resulted in the driver of a vehicle coming to rest on the grass,” the report said.
It said it took approximately 20 minutes to reach the Hume and a vehicle had to be pulled from the road.
The report also said there had been one instance of a driver being involved in a “near miss” incident involving the camera when it was not properly secured.
“There were no injuries,” it said.
The State Government said it had received a copy of the DITrADE report and was working with DITAD to identify the “issues”.
“The State Police will work with DitAD to determine the appropriate steps to ensure safety for the Queensland community,” it added.
“A safety review will also be conducted by the Queensland Environment Protection Agency (QEPAA).”
The Department for Environment, Energy and Resources (DEPRA) said it is currently reviewing the state cameras.”DEPRA will provide advice and assistance to the State Government and will work closely with the State Police and the Department of Conservation and Environment (DOCE) to assist in any ongoing process to update cameras,” it wrote in a statement.
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