Do something about speed camera

2016-11-24 06:02

EVERYONE living between Southbroom and Port Edward knows about the little grey box at Bucks Farm Stall, a speed-monitoring camera installed sort of permanently on the south side of the road at the end of a long straight downhill.

Many of us even slow down to much less than 80km/h, taxis included, although they still ignore traffic rules before and after that grey camera. Some of us slow down to less than 80km/h because we have already received a speeding fine despite knowing for sure we did not exceed the speed.

An elderly lady, who is almost a traffic hindrance due to her slow driving, got four speeding tickets this year, one apparently exceeding 95km/h and has been declared a repeated offender.

I got my first speeding ticket in my life last week, apparently driving at 98 km/h. I could declare in an affidavit that I never ever drive past that grey speed monitoring device at more than 75km/h.

When paying my annual car licence at Margate recently and standing next to the queue for paying speeding fines it became evident that about two out of three people had to pay a fine for speeding at Bucks Farm Stall.

We normal citizens feel helpless against such gross authoritarian abuse of making money. There is no doubt that this speed-monitoring camera is not properly calibrated, and consequently rakes in thousands every day.

Once the holiday season starts and visitors get their traffic fines this will leave a very sour taste in the mouth.

Perhaps with the assistance of this newspaper one can request the traffic authorities to calibrate that speed camera in the presence of someone not connected to the relevant authority who is smiling all the way to the bank.

Alternatively this letter may trigger a general protest by the hundreds if not thousands of drivers who know they did not speed past that grey box, but nevertheless got a ridiculous speeding fine.

I am not objecting to speed control by any means, but not in such a way that becomes a rip-off, milking us struggling citizens with a faulty speed monitoring camera. Can something be done to calibrate this obvious faulty speed-monitoring camera.

Norbert Gintner

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