Senior Constable Keith Preston tries out the TruCAM on the roads.
Senior Constable Keith Preston tries out the TruCAM on the roads. Tony Martin

Police defend speed camera despite court rulings

SUNSHINE Coast Police have defended a controversial speed-detection device after two court rulings favoured the motorists.

The Sunshine Coast Road Policing Unit uses the TruCam, which takes video of vehicles at the same time as clocking their speed, in traffic operations every day.

Sergeant David Nelson said police had extreme confidence in the device for catching offenders.

"The TruCam is a very effective tool for police to reduce accidents on the roads and put an end to road trauma," Sgt Nelson said.

The Courier Mail yesterday reported that Sunshine Coast-based speed camera consultant Scott Cooper had claimed the imaged used by police from the TruCams did not comply with legislation because they were not imprinted with any data.

Mr Cooper had tested his theory in court twice, and on both occasions the magistrate found in favour of the motorist.

Sgt Nelson said the Queensland Police Service would rigorously defend the claims against the camera and had requested an appeal of the decision in the Brisbane District Court.

"The TruCam is used on the Sunshine Coast every day to catch offenders, and we are confident in its reliability and accuracy," Sgt Nelson said.

"It is our opinion that the TruCam does comply with legislative requirements."


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