Police unveil new camera to target speeders on beach
A STRING of fatalities and hundreds of complaints have prompted police to bring in new technology to combat speeding on Noosa North Shore beaches.
The move is set to revolutionise how officers patrol the beach.
Police said the number of motorists speeding between Third Cutting and Double Island Point in four-wheel-drives had reached boiling point.
Campers and police have had enough.
TruCam uses laser technology to detect the speed of a vehicle while capturing split-second digital images of the offenders.
The camera will be mounted on marked and unmarked police four-wheel-drives and those caught speeding will be issued with a ticket in the mail.
From today, police will use the device on the Noosa North Shore as part of a major clampdown on speeding, drunk and drug drivers, defect vehicles and hooning at the popular camping spot throughout the Easter break.
Sunshine Coast Road Policing Unit officer in charge Dave Nelson said this would be the first time a TruCam device was used on an Australian beach.
He said the breakthrough in combating speeding came just in time as complaints and near-misses reach unprecedented highs.
He said it was common to see drivers clocked at 100kmh in the 50kmh stretch near the camping grounds.
In fact most speeding tickets were for motorists travelling more than 30km above the speed limit.
The high speeds cost drivers $1026 and eight demerit points, with ignorance not an excuse.
"This has been a whole community involvement from National Parks and Wildlife to Noosa Council, Queensland Police Service, community groups and campers," Snr Sgt Nelson said.
"We are all sick of the speeding, bad driving behaviour and fatalities up at the beach. It's just crazy it has come to this.
"We have campers setting up for the day and digging a trench to create artificial speed bumps to stop people speeding in their camping zone."
Police officers do not need to be inside the vehicle while the TruCam device is in operation, and they have the ability to attend to other matters and return to the site at any time.
"We want to let people know about this because this isn't a revenue-raising exercise," Snr Sgt Nelson said.
"We have an obligation to keep the community safe and if it takes a few fines in the four-wheel-drive commun
ity, isn't it better to educate those people with enforcement rather than knocking on someone's door to say a loved one is not coming home or is seriously injured?
"We've heard every excuse there is but we tell people time and time again that this is the same rules as on the road."