What started as a Facebook page encouraging drivers to obscure the view of mobile speed cameras in Australia has now gained international attention.
New South Wales motorists were already taking advantage of some poor parking ‘decisions’ by private speed camera operators by calmly and legally parking directly behind them, but the practice has now sparked a 38,000-strong following on social media.
Called ‘Block Their Shot’, the group has taken the activity to a new level by posting photos of vehicles blocking the view of speed cameras parked around the state.
Mobile speed cameras in NSW are mostly operated from utes with canopies, SUVs or vans and detect the speed of approaching vehicles from the front, while looking through the back window of their carrier vehicles.
With this in mind, drivers have been suffering coincidental ‘breakdowns’, parking with their bonnets open in a location that just happens to be metres from the rear window of a stationary mobile speed camera vehicle.
Others have taken the ‘stop, revive, survive’ message to a new level by choosing to do just that whenever they see a vehicle carrying one of the devices.
The movement has sparked interest in motorists and media outlets overseas, but NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay has hinted that the practice may soon become illegal.
"I hope these idiots grow up so I don't have to put draconian fines in place," Mr Gay said, speaking with News Corp.
"If they don't stop this stupidity I will take action."
In dollar terms, with six cameras in operation around $310,000 in fines were issued to drivers in NSW, which climbed to $1.35 million under the current scheme.
The 45-camera network has been in operation for much of 2014, during which time the road toll fell by eight percent from 333 in 2013 to 309.
Block Their Shot mentions from time to time that it does not condone speeding.
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