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Trevor Collett | Feb, 25 2014 | 5 Comments

New research from Queensland’s RACQ has revealed drivers are trending towards social media in order to avoid mobile speed cameras and other police activity.

The old method of flashing one’s headlights at oncoming traffic is still popular, but drivers are now using Facebook and Twitter to learn of speed camera, police radar and random breath testing locations.

Mobile applications are also proving useful to drivers, with apps such as ‘Trapster’ growing in popularity.

The survey of 1000 Queensland drivers found 62 percent admitted to flashing their headlights to warn others, while 12 percent said they reported speed camera locations to local radio stations.

The humble telephone was second on the list, with 41 percent saying they would phone friends, relatives or work colleagues to warn them of enforcement locations.

Social media methods were used by 23 percent of respondents, while the popularity of mobile apps was slightly skewed, with 11 percent of respondents using apps to warn others, while 13 percent used apps to check for warnings.

RACQ’s Mike Sopinski reminded drivers that flashing headlights could be considered an offence while driving, and that ‘radar-detecting devices’ - used by 12 percent of respondents - were illegal.

“Perceptions of speeding fines being mainly a revenue-raising exercise are nothing new, but as record numbers of speed camera notices are issued each year, it’s likely the extent motorists are prepared to attempt to avoid being caught speeding will also increase,” Mr Sopinski said.

“Motorists are disregarding the law and subjecting themselves and other road users to possible danger by flashing their lights as it could distract oncoming drivers."

"Radar-detection devices and devices that interfere with speed measuring technology are also illegal in Queensland, with the maximum penalty of $4400 if a driver is even found with such a device in their car.”

Mr Sopinski said the simple way for motorists to avoid being issued with infringement notices, was to obey the road rules.

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