By on January 6, 2015

Block Their Shot - Strayan For Fuck Da Police

Speed cameras are the bane of motorists, a needed safety measure for road safety advocates, and a boon to government coffers (just ask Waldo, Fla.). Motorists in New South Wales, Australia, however, have decided to fly the two-fingered salute the only way they know how: By popping the hood.

According to Autoblog, the social media campaign Block Their Shot is encouraging drivers in NSW to “breakdown” in front of the state’s 45 traffic cameras, which are mounted in trucks like the one above.

As for the cause of the protest, use of said cameras increased in the last half of 2014, with a total of 7,000 hours of footage gathered over the period, compared to the 5,580 hours gathered during the last six months of 2013. In turn, the fines collected charged upward into the stratosphere, from $310,000 AUD ($250,000 USD) in 2013, to $1.35 million ($1.08 million) between January and October 2014.

Though the campaign is popular with motorists — over 40,000 Facebook likes as of this writing — both safety advocates and government officials would like to have a word or two with those behind it. NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay hopes the “idiots” grow out of this, lest he puts “draconian fines in place,” while University of New South Wales professor of road safety Raphael Grzebieta believes the campaign is putting lives in danger by encouraging speeding.

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24 Comments on “New South Wales Drivers ‘Block’ Traffic Cameras In Social Media-Backed Protest...”


  • avatar
    John R

    Ha! More power to them. Irony of this is icing on the cake with Austrialia being the hub of the traffic camera cartel…er…”industry”…

  • avatar
    FractureCritical

    last I was in Australia, there was big thing in their news about a couple of hooligans that were repeatedly racing at high speed past the unmanned camera trucks. the punchline was that they had stolen the plates off of the camera trucks and put them on their own cars while being captured on film, which I thought was brilliant.

    I don’t know if anyone remembers, but NJ used to have an ‘aggressive driving hotline’ of #77 for your cell. We used to use that number ALL THE TIME to report local police cars. Eventually, they stopped the campaign.

    Civil disobedience is a wonderfully effective thing.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      “they had stolen the plates off of the camera trucks and put them on their own cars”

      Evil geniuses.

    • 0 avatar

      “I’d like to report a car that is illegally and dangerously parked in the middle of a left turn lane.”

      “Can you identify it?”

      “Sure, it’s one of your police cruisers”

      Click.

      Didn’t you know that the option of obeying the law or not is one of the perks of government employment? If we applied Sarbanes-Oxley standards of honesty to government employees and elected officials plenty of them would be behind bars. Can you imagine someone stonewalling the IRS the way that agency is stonewalling Congress? Yeah, my dog ate my hard drive and Lois Lerner was a dedicated, selfless, non-partisan public servant.

  • avatar

    Here in the hood, they quickly get converted into mantle piece trophies. Think the authorities have thrown in the towel, don’t see them any more.

    • 0 avatar
      05lgt

      They should take this approach and steal the whole truck instead of the plates. Part it out and loose the locator in an hour and it’s a money maker. Not in the country where I live though. I would never promote criminal activity. That’s wrong.

  • avatar
    redav

    Did the increase in ticket revenue come from a change in enforcement or just more people speeding around them? If it’s the latter, it’s hard to argue against a voluntary tax.

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      Speeding. Doing really dumb things, the reason for the Speed cameras. Unlike the U.S. you get some really aggressive driving. learner drivers being caught doing 60kmh over the speed limit. No not drunk, just dumb

  • avatar
    woodywrkng

    I certainly don’t know about other areas, but here in the Capitol city of Iowa, the cameras are in the front of the vehicle and take your picture after you pass.

  • avatar
    berndl

    I used to live in Australia (my experience may be dated but is relevant for the attitudes of motorists towards enforcement). Ticketing practice is very different from US enforcement, with large fines being handed out for 10-15km/h over the limit, and limits being relatively low (100-110km/h top speeds in most states as I recall, even on very open roads not near anything or anyone). Drivers we from our US perspective might view as driving a safe and reasonable speed might easily receive a fine of hundreds of dollars, so the irritation of the public with automated revenue generation is very understandable.

    • 0 avatar
      Pch101

      When I was there for an extended period, tickets were reportedly being issued in Victoria for 3 km/h over the limit. The anti-speeding advertising on the radio was also a wee bit melodramatic — judging from the ads, driving even slightly over the speed limit in Australia results in immediate death.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    That’s a nice Holden that dude’s got there. I wonder if the camera car is a Frontier or an Equator.

  • avatar
    dwford

    I’d rather slap a square of contact paper in front of the camera and be on my way. How long can you keep up the fake “car broke down” act anyway?

  • avatar
    Ron B.

    The camera cars move constantly and most have a favorite hunting spot. Usually at the bottom of hill or after a blind corner where cars pick up speed. The speed limits are 1 kilometer over the limit and attract massive fines. Public holidays mean the fines and demerit points on your license are doubled. In Victoria you cannot spot the mobile camera because they are privately owned…! in ultimate abuse of Thatcherism principles Victoria privatized the speed camera department. So any car parked on the street could be a speed camera. But the latest toy they have is number plate recognition software . They catch a lot of unlicensed cars and drivers with those…beware big brother has new technology to empty your bank account.

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      Seems very different in NSW, place where article is focused, not so much revenue raising ,but dangerous speed offenders

    • 0 avatar
      Athos Nobile

      If you know what to look for, you can spot the cameras in VIC.

      Usually they use a Commodore tourer parked in the nature strip. More often than not… it’s the only car there, or something that just *doesn’t belong*. I have seen also Captivas.

      Have they included the plate recognition on the fixed cameras too?

  • avatar
    Jethrow

    In Australia speed cameras are purely about revenue raising. Pure and simple. There is a lot of rhetoric about speed kills, needing to save lives, blah blah but in general that is just the cover story.

    Here is how it has gone down in the last few years ….

    Speed cameras introduced, generally set to trigger when people speeding by 10% or more given the accuracy of speedos etc. Initial result is good income for government, no change to the road toll.

    But then the drivers tired of being fined all slow down a bit, still no chnge to road toll.

    But government complains revenue is dropping.

    Solution is to lower threshold for speed detection from 10% to 3 km/h.

    Revenues back up, road toll still unchanged.

    Drivers slow down again, revenues down, no change to road toll.

    Hmmm, government complains about revenue. New solution is to double number of speed cameras, hoping to catch those ‘evil’ drivers who allow there speed to creep from 90 km/h to 94 km/h.

    Revenue goes up again, road toll still unchanged.

    And it just goes on and on …

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