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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 1195..


Answers to questions

Speed camera vans

(Question No 1232)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

Further to a report in the Canberra Times on Sunday 1 February 2004 regarding the provision of security guards deployed to patrol mobile speed camera vans across the ACT due to acts of aggression directed towards speed-camera operators by motorists:

(1) How many acts of aggression, threats, assaults or other inappropriate behaviour against mobile speed-camera operators and/or equipment were reported in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04 to date;

(2) How many charges have been laid against individuals responsible for such acts in each of the years listed at (1) above;

(3) How many security guards are currently deployed in the ACT to protect mobile speed-camera operators and equipment on a (a) daily, (b) weekly and (c) monthly basis;

(4) From what date did it become necessary for security guards to be deployed for such purposes;

(5) Who is financially responsible for the provision of security guards to protect speed-camera vans and operators and what is the cost to the ACT. Government for this service;

(6) What action is the ACT Government taking to educate motorists against this kind of unacceptable, illegal and dangerous behaviour.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions are as follows:

(1) The number of acts of aggression, threats, assaults or other inappropriate behaviour against mobile speed-camera operators and/or equipment were reported as:

Year

Number

2001 - 2002 (27 Feb 2002 - 30 June 2002)

10

2002 - 2003

64

2003 - 2004 (up to 31 January 2004)

22

(2) No charges have been laid relating to the acts of aggression, threats, assaults or other inappropriate behaviour against mobile speed camera operators and/or equipment.

(3) The number of security guards currently deployed is one to each speed camera van on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings between 1900 and 2400. There are normally two vans.

(4) The date from which it was decided to deploy security guards for such purposes was 1 March 2003.

(5) The Traffic Camera Office is 'financially responsible' for the provision of security guards to protect speed camera vans and operators. The cost of this service is $865 a week.


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