Mike Stevens | Jun 14, 2010

The Western Australian Government has announced it will double the number of speed cameras working the state's roads, growing fine revenue by about $120 million in the first year of the new cameras' operation.

WA Police Minister Rob Johnson said he expects revenue to fall as driver behaviour changes for the better.

As part of the rollout, WA will also become the first state to use hand-held digital camera systems, called TruCam, to detect speeding vehicles from as far as 1.2 kilometres away.

As with mobile cameras fixed to vehicles, the digital cameras will allow police to issue fines automatically, rather than needing to stop offending drivers on the road. This new approach means that individual officers will have the capacity to catch dozens more speeding motorists in the same amount of time.

"We'll certainly use them in school zones, where there is a lot of traffic and these cause little interference to the traffic, and a range of other areas where there is congestion, or lots of pedestrians, those sorts of things, where we don't need a lot of space," WA Police Commander Michelle Fyfe told the ABC this week.

In total, 14 hand-held digital cameras and 13 fixed speed and red-light cameras will join the state's existing camera network, at a cost of $30 million.

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