Speed Cameras: Rs 38 676 000 Worth Fines Between July To September 2014 Only!

One of the newly-installed speed cameras on the M1 motorway has already captured a considerable number of offenders. The Traffic Branch announced that since Friday, 62 drivers have been reported to be speeding along the road. Already, from July to September 2014,  Rs 38 676 000 have been amassed from the fines issued.

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The other speed cameras set up since late August have also harvested a number of offenders in around a month’s time: 1500 fines have been issued as a result. From the 25th August – when the cameras first graced the roads of villages in the north of the island – to the 30th of September, 622 drivers were caught speeding at Pamplemousses, 676 at Poudre-d’Or, 68 at Poste-de-Flacq and 232 at Cité Mangalkhan.

The cameras having caught drivers red-handed the most are those at Cascavelle, Triolet, Beaux-Songes, Sadally and Coromandel.

All of the speed cameras together have depicted 19 338 drivers speeding from July to September. This in turn brought Rs 38 676 000 to the coffers of the State.

The chief inspector, Mohit Ramah, stated that the drivers who do not comply with the speed limits are mostly those who drive as a routine without looking out for relevant road signs.

Also, some drivers have challenged the data given out by the speed cameras. Those who can provide for proof, for instance those having a GPS in their cars, might contest the decision of the authorities to issue a fine to them. In fact, such a case happened, where a driver was said to have been speeding at 91 km/h in an area restricted to 80 km/h, but his GPS showed that the speed at which he was driving was 71 km/h. In such cases, the drivers might challenge the fine issued in court and it will be up to the Judge to decide who is to win the case.

2 comments

  • Speed cameras fitted in strategic place of roads certainly serve a positive purpose. This purpose must be supported by appropriate and robust policy and procedures, otherwise, speeding drivers would surely want to challenge the findings of a camera.
    A speed camera on its own cannot be adequate as it could be challenged in a court of law, particularly by someone saying that their GPS indicated a lower speed, obviously. I understand that such a case has landed in front of a Magistrate. However, the issue in question is if the speed camera could be trusted as accurate and by the same token, the driver should use their car speedometer to judge their speed and certainly not a GPS. A driver may appeal against a fine and their case finally ending up in a court of law, there is nothing wrong with this, as it is part of a legal process in any civilised country. Nevertheless, the central issue that a Magistrate should consider is whether a speed camera is a valid evidence or the driver’s GPS. I’m unequivocally clear what I would consider as “good evidence” to deliberate, unless it could be proven that the camera is not serviced properly and it was faulty at the time of the incident.
    I’m more concerned that speed cameras are being used, simply to collect money for the State in form of fines. Great Britain has more speed cameras fitted than the remaining 27 countries in EU. Therefore, I’ve an excellent idea of how the system operates. The central reason for having speed cameras fitted is to ensure a good standard of health and safety, this includes minimising the levels of accidents, saving lives and respect for other road users. The State cannot simply dish out fines to a speeding driver time and again, until they lose their license. There must be other alternatives to stop the ‘rot’, to be figurative. I could offer an excellent solution – a deviation from repeated fines given to the same driver. The question in this case is ‘what is the Minister for transports and their team doing, in order to address this serious problem arising from the repeated offenders?
    Another very important factor to be taken into account is the training standards for learners before becoming a qualified drivers. Evidently, a higher standard of training input is required, to assist with the situation. The questions one needs to ask is why has the State chosen the Police Department to conduct driving tests? Don’t they have other matters to deal with! Is there any bribery taking place? Is there a system in place to oversee this practice, in order to ensure that policy and procedures are being implemented, as appropriate?
    I drive for about 45/50 days annually, in Mauritius. My personal view is that a significant majority of people (over 85%) do not drive with basic due care. The questions one needs to ask is: What are the underlying reasons behind this poor attitude and behaviour? I would inevitably linked this up with training standards.
    These are a host of serious matters, which have been allowed to fester over a long period of time, which requires remedial actions, as appropriate. It sounds awful, but nevertheless, could be addressed.

  • might challenge !!

    While technologies in highly civilized and developed countries tends to build safer and faster cars even unmanned vehicles.

    Conclusion we are still primitive compared to them. Just as in the 19th century Mr Winchester manufactured shot guns and sold them to Apaches in the “now” United States.

    May I suggest that this money be invested in Computer Aided Drive Simulators Just as Flight Simulator for Passenger Aircraft pilots.

    Drivers should undergo test a various speed with road sign and request to complete a circuit within a fixed in the simulator time before being issued a Driver’s license.

    Proverbs 20:24 A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?

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