Types of speed cameras and red light cameras

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Speeding and disobeying red lights are major causes of road crashes.

Driving through a red traffic light increases your chances of crashing into a pedestrian or vehicle that has started moving through the intersection from a different direction.

Disobeying a red traffic light can result in a right-angle road crash. These types of road crashes are particularly dangerous for vehicle occupants because the:

  • sides of vehicles have less protection to absorb the impact force compared to the front and rear of the vehicle
  • hit vehicle can potentially spin out of control or roll over resulting in subsequent road crashes and injuries.

Speed and red light cameras are installed throughout Queensland. Cameras are installed where:

  • crashes often happen
  • motorists commonly drive above the speed limit or disobey a red light
  • road workers, pedestrians, or other road users are at risk.

Mobile speed cameras

There are up to 3,500 mobile speed camera sites throughout Queensland. We select sites using strict criteria, including an assessment of speed related crash history. Other reasons to establish a mobile speed camera site include a known high-risk of speeding in school zones or at roadwork sites where the road workers health and safety may be at risk.

Sites are approved by regionally based Speed Management Advisory Committees, made up of representatives from the Queensland Police Service, Department of Transport and Main Roads, RACQ and local governments.

We use 2 types of mobile speed cameras in Queensland at approved sites:

  • Mobile speed cameras—vehicles fitted with speed camera equipment which can park on the side of the road to monitor the speed of passing traffic.
  • Hand-held speed camera devices—used on the side of the road by police officers and can also be set up on a tripod.

Police officers operating mobile speed cameras from vehicles and police officers with hand-held speed cameras, can position themselves at these sites at any time of day or night, on any day of the year. Police officers can operate mobile speed cameras from marked and unmarked vehicles, in uniform or in plain clothes, at approved sites.

Speed enforcement is anywhere anytime on Queensland roads.

View the list of mobile speed camera sites.

Fixed speed cameras

Fixed speed cameras are cameras that we permanently install on roads or at intersections throughout Queensland. Fixed speed cameras are used to make sure road users follow the signed speed limit at specific high crash locations or on known high-risk roads.

We select fixed speed camera locations by examining sections of road with a history of crashes related to speeding, and that may also be difficult or unsafe to monitor by other enforcement methods.

Locations are based on:

  • crash history—5 or more speed-related crashes within the past 5 years
  • crash potential.

Some fixed speed camera locations may not have crash history but may have significant risk factors. Sites based on crash potential, instead of crash history, aim to minimise the crash risk for new and existing roads, for example in tunnels.

You can read more about crash history data used to select fixed camera locations.

Red light cameras

Red light cameras operate 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Red light cameras are cameras located at intersections with traffic lights. The photographic detection device is programmed to activate when a vehicle crosses the solid white stop line after the traffic light is red. These cameras take photos of vehicles that fail to stop at red lights. They are usually attached to a pole or other infrastructure and placed a few meters back from the solid white line, which marks the start of the intersection.

The Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009 states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a red traffic light must stop the vehicle as near as practical to, but before reaching the stop line. Once your vehicle has travelled over the solid white stop line, you have committed an offence.

Combined red light and speed cameras

Combined red light/speed cameras operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Combined red light and speed cameras are located at intersections and detect both red light and speeding offences. The camera can detect red light and speeding offences at the same time, and you can be fined for both offences. Speeding vehicles are detected when the traffic light is red, yellow or green.

We select combined red light/speed camera locations by investigating crashes and reviewing crash data (or the potential for crashes) that has occurred at intersections with traffic lights.

Road safety camera trailers

Highly visible road safety camera trailers are deployed to high risk areas including highways and motorways, roadworks sites and school zones. Once the camera trailer is deployed and set up, its operation is managed and monitored remotely with daily checks.

To prevent theft and vandalism, the camera trailers have an extensive security and tracking system which monitors the camera trailer location 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are also fitted with 360 degree CCTV cameras, audible alarm systems and communications to Queensland Police Service who can view live CCTV footage.

Road safety camera trailer sites are selected using strict criteria, including an assessment of speed related crash history or potential crash risk.

View the list of road safety camera trailer sites.

Point-to-point speed cameras

Point-to-point cameras have been proven to reduce instances of speeding along high crash risk locations and improve traffic flow and density.

Point-to-point speed cameras can enforce speed limits at locations where other types of speed enforcement may be difficult or dangerous, and monitor locations 24 hours a day without an operator, freeing up police resources for other duties.

We select point-to-point speed camera locations by analysing lengths of road with a history of crashes (or the potential for crashes) that result from speeding. Road lengths generally include high volume roads, such as motorways and highways.