Why is the Queensland government introducing digital cameras?
Digital cameras are being introduced as part of the ongoing development and expansion of the Camera Detected Offence Program which detects and penalises motorists speeding and running red lights.
Digital technology will allow new camera types to be used in Queensland such as combined red light/speed cameras and point-to-point speed camera systems.
The new digital cameras are more efficient: they require less maintenance, do not require film to be changed or developed and their use will also improve infringement processing times as the images and information are loaded directly into the infringement processing system.
What are digital speed and digital red light cameras?
Digital speed and digital red light cameras are very similar to existing fixed spot speed and red light cameras. They use digital imaging technology and can utilise a variety of detection technologies such as in-road sensors and radar devices.
Digital fixed speed and digital red light cameras are installed at approved locations and operate automatically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Were the digital cameras tested? How many cameras were tested?
Multiple digital cameras were tested at various locations across south east Queensland:
- Two combined red light/speed cameras
- One point-to-point speed camera system
- Two fixed speed cameras
Where are the new cameras located?
View the fixed camera locations page for more information. Like existing fixed speed camera locations, the new camera locations are signed.
How were the locations chosen?
The locations for the digital cameras were identified by analysing lengths of road with a history of speed related crashes or intersections with red light related crashes (proven risk) or where there is a strong crash potential (assessed risk).
Following identification of potential zones based on proven crash risk or assessed risk, an operational assessment of sites was undertaken. This assessment takes into account matters such as site risk factors, technical feasibility and Australian standards requirements.
View the crash history used to select fixed camera locations fact sheet for more information.
Why are the digital cameras in south east Queensland only?
The first digital cameras were installed in south east Queensland to enable the Queensland Police Service to test, closely monitor and evaluate the performance of the cameras.
More digital cameras will be eventually rolled out across the state. Current wet-film cameras will be replaced by digital cameras when they reach the end of their operating life.