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Cops use camouflage to catch speeders

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Police use camouflage to catch speeders

Officers use camouflage to book drivers in the Dandenong Ranges, Baw Baw, Latrobe and Surf Coast regions in a bid to stop speeding.

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Police say more officers may wear camouflage to book speeding drivers as the existing operation has reduced the number of motorcycle crashes.

Officers have been using camouflage for about five years to book drivers in the Dandenong Ranges, and have also used the measure in the Baw Baw, Latrobe and Surf Coast regions.

Drivers are detected on a radar used by a camouflaged officer, who then contacts a colleague in a vehicle further down the road to intercept the offender.

Acting Superintendent Mick West said motorcycle accidents in the Dandenong region had reduced by about 48 per cent since police had targeted popular roads such as those near the Black Spur. Traditional speed detection methods could not be used because of terrain in the area, he said.

"Any initiative we can adapt that's going to reduce the trauma and death, Victoria Police will trial," he said.

Acting Superintendent West said radar could be used by camouflaged police in other areas, such as Melbourne's CBD, by using parks for disguise.

67 comments

  • I think they are already actively camouflaging themselves around Melbourne streets. At least I am assuming that's the reason I haven't seen a policeman or woman around the such a long time.

    Commenter
    alfo68
    Date and time
    February 11, 2013, 1:05PM
    • I don't understand the uproars - just don't be speeding...its easy.

      Commenter
      Jagdesh
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      February 11, 2013, 1:22PM
    • that's because they're all too busy out in the sticks trying to nab riders/drivers speeding. that's where the big bucks are. no money to be made when catching rapists and drug dealers. police don't use guns and batons anymore. their weapon of choice these days are cameras. that's all they do. i think you have to take a photography course to be a police officer these days.

      Commenter
      e1
      Date and time
      February 11, 2013, 1:33PM
    • @Jagdesh, the uproar is why hide? Why not make their presence known so that motorists won't speed? Or won't do stupid things like making a u-turn at a blind corner so that when somebody crashes into them, the first thing they do is blame it on the person who crashed for speeding? Or hitting the brakes for some unknown reason every 20 metres and holding everybody else behind because they're too stupid and ignorant to pull over and let faster vehicles through? There's a small section in the Black Spur that allows overtaking. The safest way is to overtake a slow car as soon as possible. It used to be possible to overtake at 10% over the speed limit. Now, you have to crawl with them hoping they won't speed up or an oncoming vehicle comes along.

      Commenter
      Traveller
      Date and time
      February 11, 2013, 1:40PM
    • Is this life imitating art or is the Get Smart character Agent 13 who lurks in bowls of coleslaw, tree trunks, ice machines and fire hydrants etc based on fact. Hopefully not every camocop will end up with "claustrophobia and flat feet".

      Commenter
      Frank
      Date and time
      February 11, 2013, 1:45PM
    • +1

      Commenter
      Tom
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      February 11, 2013, 1:45PM
    • I don't have a problem with policing speeding..it's illegal and therefore a crime to speed and the police are there to stop crime.

      I have a problem with it being the sole focus of modern day policing and justified because ''every car accident involved speed!" It's like saying"100% of deaths result from lack of life", a car is designed to move, anything more than stationary is speed.

      But in reality speed has little to do with most accidents. It has more to do with lack of concentration, bad attitude to driving, being aggressive on the road, impatience, in car distraction.

      Get Policemen walking the beat in the community not lazing at the side of the road with a camera. Enforce red light jumping and junction blocking in town centres. Put Police back at Junctions in rush hour and enforce the small stuff, just because it doesn't kill someone doesn't mean it should be ignored. If we ignored less of the small stuff we might find the big stuff drops as well.

      Commenter
      alfo68
      Date and time
      February 11, 2013, 1:54PM
    • @ Jagdesh. First of the smug "just dont (insert offence here)" comments.

      That's all good and well except for the part where I spend most of my trips with my eye on the speedo instead of the more safety effective area of out the windscreen just making sure my car doesn't creep 3-4 kmh over the limit and cost me somewhere around a couple of hundred bucks. The wipe off 5 campaign was initiated as propoganda to justify taking cash out of the pockets of human beings merely for driving like human beings.

      Don't get me wrong excessive speed should not be tolerated on any level but tickets issued for a few k's over IS just straight up revenue collection.

      Commenter
      Drexel
      Date and time
      February 11, 2013, 2:45PM
    • No better deterrent to speeding than visible speed enforcement, whether that be a visible, signposted camera or an officer in uniform. Anything else is revenue raising, pure and simple. A camera takes your photo, sends it to you weeks later. Didn't stop them speeding at the time and possibly killing themselves and others.

      Commenter
      Problem?
      Date and time
      February 11, 2013, 3:12PM
    • Hey Guys, I haven't had a speeding ticket in the last 30 years, I drive all over Victoria. Its still revenue raisin. As some have commented, the speeder does not get caught immediately, 2 weeks after they get a fine. More visible presence of Police will slow drivers.
      As for accidents being an accident; well it is someone's fault. No accident.

      Commenter
      Chucky55
      Date and time
      February 11, 2013, 3:38PM

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