Victoria’s mobile speed camera network will soon be given a $17 million technology boost, the state’s government has confirmed.
Joining the Automated Number Plate Recognition tech that has already helped police nab more offenders than ever before, the upgraded systems will roll out over the next four years.
The new network will replace Victoria’s 141 existing mobile cameras, many of which are now over 20 years old.
A single vehicle equipped with the new ‘super cameras’ will be able to monitor up to eight lanes of traffic, capturing the front and rear licence plates of vehicles travelling in both directions.
The upgrade means that an estimated 11,000 motorcyclists that have escaped identification over the past four years will now also be more easily nabbed.
The new cameras will be more capable at night, and a greater range of camera mounting options will be sought, including not only cars but also motorcycles.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Kim Wells, said that the upgrade is evidence of Victoria keeping pace with new technology in protecting the state’s road users.
"Technology in this area is advancing rapidly and we will explore all options to make Victoria's road safety camera network as strong as it can be," Mr Wells said.
"We know the majority of motorists do the right thing and comply with the speed limit. The latest advances in technology can assist us in catching those who don't."
Victorian motorists were issued more than 1 million infringement notices in 2013 from fixed or mobile cameras, and more than 300,000 have been issued so far in 2014.