ABC News Tuesday 28 August 2007 3:27pm AEST

RTA vows to consider hiding speed cameras

The New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) has not ruled out using covert mobile speed cameras as part of its anti-speeding strategy.

The Pedestrian Council of Australia has produced documents showing a successful trial of hidden cameras on the Pacific Highway two years ago.

But the Roads Minister, Eric Roozendaal, has rejected idea, saying the State Government is not going to hide cameras in bushes.

Mr Roozendaal says the Government wants to use highly visible means to curtail speeding.

The Pedestrian Council's Harold Scruby says that is not logical.

"Why don't we have a system where everyone knows if you speed, you will be caught anywhere, anytime, not a system where you just slow down where the cameras are?" he said.

The head of the RTA, Les Wielinga, says he will consider all options.

"We believe the initiatives we've got in place at the moment are appropriate for the circumstances that we are dealing with," he said.

"I don't want to give the impression that we don't have an open mind about these things.

"Part of the initiatives of the Road Safety Centre is to look at these things and to assess them on their merits, and we'll continue to work with all of the stakeholders in the community in initiatives on speeding going forward."


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