None of these four are used in Western Australia, other than red light cameras, which use the sensors built into the road.
In Western Australia, the police use the following speed measurement devices:
The hand-held "Falcon" radar gun manufactured by Kustom Signals Inc and operates on K-band at 24.150GHz. This unit is not as widely used as previously, since the introduction of laser hand-held guns. You may
find these in use in rural areas, more so than the city, and they are used
by Multanova operators to check the calibration of their cameras (against
the Falcon radar gun). WA has 31 of these in service.
Dash Mounted radar (aka moving radar) set up in police cars:
The KR10-SP again manufactured by Kustom Signals Inc in the USA was the
first dash mounted K-band radars used in WA police cars. The KR10 can
be used in stationary and moving mode, and can be used in "instant on" mode
or "constant on" mode. One antenna for front only or two antennas for
front / rear can be used.
The newer Golden Eagle by Kustom Signals Inc is the latest dash-mounted radar used by WA police. Like the earlier KR-10, this K-band radar has "instant on" mode as well as traditional "constant on" and can track vehicles moving in either direction to the patrol car. WA police have 191 car mounted radars in service (1/4/08)
Hand-held laser (aka lidar):
The first laser gun to be used in Western Australia was the LTI 20-20 Marksman. Laser operates using light pulses (as opposed to RF or microware energy like radar) and due to the small diameter of the laser beam, is an excellent "pointing tool" for targeting individual cars in heavy traffic.
As per most states in Australia, the older LTI 20-20 Marksman has been replaced with the LTI 20-20 Ultralyte. There is approximately six different versions of the LTI Ultralyte available, and in WA, the police use the 100 LR and the Compact. The LR (pictured left) has a pistol grip handle (that houses the batteries) whilst the LTI compact is helf like a vide camera with a strap around the arm (see below)
WA Police have recently expanded their LIDAR arsenal with the LTI Ultralyte compact. This device's tell-tale design without the pistol grip is marketed for police departments "who experience budget restraints, yet still want the benefits of laser speed enforcement". WA police have 290 hand-held lasers in service (1/4/08)
Mobile Speed Cameras:
The Multanova 6F speed camera was the main type of speed camera used in Western Australia up until the end of 2009. Now 30 Vitronics (Poliscan) laser based speed cameras (see below) are replacing the 27 Multanova speed cameras throughout WA.
Unlike most other Australian
states, who use fixed speed cameras, the Multanova 6F is a mobile speed
camera, able to be deployed at any location by its operator (usually in a
white utility with enclosed rear). The Multanova 6F speed camera
operates at 34.3GHz (Ka-band) and at a small power output of 0.2-0.5mw. Only the
best radar detectors with a "Ka-narrow" setting can give adequate warning.
There were 27 multanovas in service in WA (24/11/09)
30 New high-tech laser based speed cameras will replace the 27 aging Multanovas in WA, which could see the revenue from speeding tickets in WA increase from $40 million per annum to $122 million per annum.
Those figures come from the government themselves, but of course it's not about revenue raising..apparently. One may ask "If speed cameras were about reducing the road toll through lowering the incidence of speeding ..and were successful at achieving this... then shouldn't we see a reduction in fines rather than an increase by over 300%"
I mean call me stupid, but doesn't that just prove the speed cameras as a strategy don't work?
Let's see how much of an impact they have on the 2010 road toll.
Police advertised a tender last 2006 for cameras that would finally be able to photograph speeding vehicles from behind in an attempt to put an end to the free ride for motorcycles, which have only rear number plates. But the new cameras, tested on the Mitchell Freeway on Wednesday, could also double the number of cars that are checked because the cameras supplied by one of the leading bidders can detect and photograph vehicles going in both directions. Cameras supplied by German company Vitronic can take speed measurements across four lanes of traffic in both directions using laser technology which is understood to have been developed for military use. It can take digital photographs from the front and the rear, which can then be reproduced on the speeding ticket. While the tender closed in December, police would not comment on the process yesterday and have previously stated they hoped the new cameras would be on the streets by July. They expected the cameras to cost $75,000 each, though it is not known how many will be bought. Figures released by former police minister Michelle Roberts in 2005 showed police estimated more than 18,000 speeding motorcyclists were photographed by speed cameras each year. The tickets were all written off until last year when police introduced a companion system which used a video camera next to speed cameras to capture footage of speeding motorcyclists. State Government plans to force riders to fit front identifiers to their machines have been hampered by researchers who have not been able to come up with a number plate that would suit the many different motorcycle styles.
New speed camera blitz will reap $200m in fines
Liberals breach six-year-old camera revenue promisesource: http://www.news.com.au
THE Liberals have broken a key promise they made six years ago to put all speed and red light camera revenues into a special road safety fund.
Under Colin Barnett’s leadership at the 54th annual Liberal Party conference six years ago, the Liberals promised to legislate – if they won power – to direct all speed camera and red light fines into the Road Safety Council’s Road Trauma Fund.
But the government says it expects to put only about $17 million a year into the trust fund – pocketing the rest.
Wait - did we just read that right? The WA police are preparing a BUSINESS CASE for more speed cameras? That's right folks, as we've heard straight from a copper's mouth: "policing" is a business, one that is run on financials, not community best interest.
Here are some of the community responses to the above:
The assumption being made here, is that the speed measuring equipment is being used according to the manufacturer's guidelines (see below).
Guidelines for the use of Multanova speed cameras (source)
What does all this mean? It means that there are requirements for the correct placement and setup of speed camera devices such as the Multanova and Gatso speed cameras - rules that must be followed for setup, placement and testing! But are they? Most Australians support speed enforcement, and reduced road fatalities. The negative sentiment arises when innocent people know a speed camera / radar or laser has made a mistake, and what's worse, is the government and police will do anything to cover up these shortfalls. Thus it can cost thousands of dollars to prove you were in fact innocent.
Vanessa Bridges was booked by a speed camera in Victoria for doing 158km/h in her Datsun. The trouble was, her Datsun was tested immediately afterwards and was found to have a top speed of 117km/h
Faced with this evidence, the police still did not retract the fine!
"We're not dropping the fine at
all", and I even ended up receiving a letter in the mail saying that, "Oh,
yes, the letter of rejection has been accepted and your court date will be
Once again the police and the government would like to have us believe in their "utmost confidence in the accuracy of speed cameras". Of course they would, as a proven fault could cost them millions of dollars in repaid fines (like what happened in Victoria) and a loss of revenue. But how accurate are the Western Australian Multanova 6F speed cameras?
"As the police officer was not in a position to estimate accurately the speed of the vehicle with the naked eye and did not take meaningful notes, his evidence, apart from the evidence from the Multanova , was not sufficient to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the motor vehicle owned by the defendant was speeding on the date in question.
Multinova readings are admissible if the surroundings reveal that the evidence is both accurate and enjoys circumstantial guarantees of trustworthiness. The circumstantial guarantees of trustworthiness were not supplied by the police officer's visual observations. The onus was on the crown to prove that the Multanova was capable of accurately measuring the speed of the defendant's vehicle, while it is not necessary for the Crown to establish through expert evidence how the particular speed detection device works scientifically, there must be relevant and appropriate evidence on the record from which the court can conclude that the device was functioning properly at the time of the alleged offence. The tests performed on the instrument to ensure its accuracy must be approved tests and these tests must satisfy the trier of fact that the instrument is capable of accurately measuring speed. Something other than simply turning the instrument on and relying on it to test itself is required. The fact (assuming that such a fact was established) that the "self-test" performed in this case is all that is required by the manufacturer does not mean that the test is an "approved test". The "self-test" was insufficient to satisfy the required circumstantial guarantees of trustworthiness." (source)
Simple! - "Don't speed" - I hear echo amongst the narrow minded. That's fine, and we agree whole heartedly, but "Don't speed and you won't have to pay a fine" assumes three very important things:
So what happens when you are driving down the road, sitting on 80km/h (according to your speedometer) in an 80km/h stretch of road, but you cop a speeding fine?
We will analyze each WA speed measuring device and discuss the products available:
The "Falcon" hand held radar gun (made in the USA) operates on K-band. The police officer points the "gun" towards the approaching vehicle and squeezes the trigger. In this "instant on" mode you have little warning if you're the only car on the road. The ideal situation for early warning is if a motorist in front of you is targeted first, and the radar beam travels past his car, it is detected by your radar. Most detectors (cheap included) will detect the K-band radar at long range.
Dash Mounted radar:
The dash mounted Golden Eagle by Kustom Signals is similar to the hand-held radar above, operating on K-band. When the police officer is driving down the road "shooting" at on-coming traffic he is doing it in two ways; "constant on" or "instant on". In constant on, the radar beam is constantly transmitting down the road. When an oncoming car enters the radar's beam, a reflected signal is returned to the gun, and a speed is displayed on the unit. Again, any decent radar detector will give advanced warning in this scenario.
In "instant on" the radar unit is powered on, but not transmitting. When the approaching vehicle is within range, the radar gun is then switched on (transmitting) and the target vehicle's speed is displayed within a second. "Instant on" radar can be deadly, especially, if you're the only car on the road. For this reason it pays to keep a "rabbit" in front of you so he or she is targeted first and you can detect the police radar in advance.
What about a radar jammer?
Some people have queried the possibility of a radar jammer.
Your most important question
in purchasing a so-called radar jammer should be "does it work?"
Hand-held laser (lidar):
Laser guns are another "deadly" device in that they can calculate your speed in less than a second. Although most radar detectors include a laser sensor, they usually offer little more than a "ticket notifier" when they go off. Having said that, there ARE circumstances where a laser (detector) can and has, provided adequate warning...
So what is the best defenses against laser? Well, as far as a detector goes, the best at detecting laser is the Valentine One. Granted we just finished convincing you a detector is useless against laser, but the Valentine One, will give you the best chance of detecting "off-axis" laser from the car in front of you being targeted. For proof that the Valentine is the best unit at detecting laser, you can read Bob's (The Veilguy) Laser Detector test:
We conducted out own laser jammer test and came to the same conclusions.
But as aforementioned, just detecting the laser won't be enough. The most cost effective solution is with the use of Veil anti-laser paint. Veil will give you additional seconds warning time when used in conjunction with a good laser detector. You can read more about Veil in our laser jammers section.
The best defense against laser is by the use of an active laser jammer. Unlike most active radar jammers, active laser jammers do work. An active laser jammer will prevent a speed being displayed for a brief time whilst you adjust your speed if necessary. The best laser jammers for the Australian model LTI Ultralyte according to the Guys Of Lidar 2007 test are the Laser Interceptor and the Blinder. You need to look at the results for the Ultralyte 100pps as these are the laser guns used in Australia. The Laser Pro Park finished fifth in the test against these laser guns.
Multanova Speed Cameras:
The Multanova 6F speed camera operates on Ka-band at 34.3GHz at such a low power level, you require a VERY GOOD detector to achieve any advanced warning, especially when the radar is pointed at the rear of traffic, taking your photo after you have driven past. The best radar detectors for Multanova speed cameras are ones that either through their fixed or user-adjustable programming, can specifically look for the Multanova's 34.3GHz signal of the Multanova. This is referred to as "Ka-narrow band" or "Ka-narrow sweep". Instead of scanning the entire Ka-band of 33.400GHz to 36.000GHz (a range of 2600MHz or 2.6GHz) the detectors with "Ka-narrow" scan a much lower range of around 200MHz.
Think of it like your car's FM radio. If you started at the
very bottom of the FM band range, its about 88FM and the top is something
like 106FM. Let's say you wanted to pick up an intermittent radio station at
This is similar to how the "Ka-narrow" setting works on radar detectors, such as the Bel 990i, the Bel 975r, Bel 966r, Bel (Target) Euro 550, Euro 330 and the Valentine One. Popular radar detectors such as the Bel RX65, Bel STi (Bel XR) and Bel XR950 do not have this "Ka-narrow" programming therefore do not perform as well against the Multanova cameras as those detectors that do. This is why we struggle to see how the so-called "Aus tuned" Beltronics detectors sold in Australia really are tuned for our conditions!
How does each radar detector perform detecting WA radars, lasers & cameras?
You can read the detailed test reports in our reviews section, but against all Western Australian threats, the Valentine One in combination with Veil anti-laser paint is the best combination for protection against all current radar, laser and speed cameras.
In Western Australia there are NO laws banning the use of a radar detector, however you may be fined for obstructing your windscreen if you have it mounted in the middle of the windshield.
It is unknown why radar detectors have not been banned in WA (whereas they have in all other Australian states), although we suspect some members of the WA parliament have the foresight to see radar detectors save lives - because after all, isn't that what speed cameras are all about?
Below is an excerpt from parliament.wa.gov.au
HON FRANK HOUGH (Agricultural) [11.13 pm]: I will be reasonably brief. It was mentioned in a weekend newspaper that radar detectors in motor vehicles may be banned in Western Australia. I think the reason radar detectors may be banned is to extract more revenue from the cash cow Multanovas. I have a copy of a report on radar detectors in the United Kingdom, which highlights a few facts and figures about the use of radar detectors and the correlation between radar use and accidents caused by speeding or unsafe driving. It is an important report. It states, in part -
The use of radar detectors became legal in the UK on 29/1/98 when a Mr David Foot won an appeal when a High Court judge overturned a conviction for using a detector.
The United Kingdom is now in line with most European states, including Germany, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Italy and Portugal, in allowing the free use of radar detectors. The United States has in the vicinity of 15 million radar detectors in cars. They can be bought from such stores as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Mori poll research of 19 May 2001 reported that United Kingdom radar users are involved in 24 per cent fewer accidents. As a result of that survey in the United Kingdom, motoring organisations, such as the Royal Automobile Club and the Association of British Drivers, are now supporting their use. The statistics resulting from the Mori poll support an earlier United States survey by Yankelovich, Clancy and Schulman, which disclosed a figure of 23 per cent fewer accidents and motorists driving almost 60 000 more miles between accidents. My car has a radar and so do the cars of many other members.
Hon Ken Travers: You do not speed anyway.
Hon FRANK HOUGH: I do not speed, but the radar detector has a tendency to keep me awake. It beeps at various times and makes me aware of my speed. Radar detectors are a very good thing.
Many British police officers, when questioned, said that they support the use of radar detectors. They argue that radar detector users are regularly made aware of both their speed and the police presence, which in turn has a moderating or calming influence on other traffic. Radar detector users are more regularly confronted with their own speed through the false alarm condition of a detector. My radar detector goes off regularly. It makes me look at my speed. When there is a car in front, or a service station or a shopping centre with electronic doors, the radar detector continually beeps. However, when the car passes a Multanova or a radar speed detector, it has a slightly different tone. At times when I have passed a radar speed detector, fortunately I have been within the speed limit.
The Government should look at radar detectors. The Mori poll survey supports this. After purchasing a detector, 76 per cent of users agree that they have become more conscious about keeping to the speed limit; 59 per cent agree that they have become safer drivers; 78 per cent agree that they are more aware of the speed limit in the areas in which they are driving; and 81 per cent agree that they have become more aware of speed generally. I could go on and on about this, but I will not.
Hon Kim Chance: Only for another five minutes and four seconds.
Hon FRANK HOUGH: I do have five minutes but I will not use them.
It worries me that this is becoming another area of cash-cow-type income for the Government. I guess that one could refer to it as a road tax. Radar detectors are important. If one drives in the country or at night, the radar detector keeps one aware of what is going on. It would be a crying shame for this State to ban or outlaw radar detectors.
If the Minister for Police is considering banning radar detectors, I suggest that she do her homework with great care to make sure that she gets her facts right. Rather than look at another income opportunity, she should look at the safety factors that are very clearly reported, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States; that is, that radar detectors do help motorists and make them aware that keeping within the speed limit is important.
Contrary to what Australian police and most politicians believe, the majority of radar detector owners did not buy their radar detector as a "license to speed". In fact the small minority of those drivers that did buy a detector for that purpose quickly realize their mistake by means a costly speeding fine. A radar
We applaud Frank Hough for taking an objective view and looking at the benefits and safety of using radar detectors in other countries around the world.
Download the Mori report which (among many things) shows radar detector owners have fewer accidents.
Because there are no anti-detector laws, there are no police Radar Detector Detectors (RDD's) used in W.A.
What are the Speeding Fines for WA? (source)
"In the last decade, Western Australia has gone from having the lowest fatality rate of any state in the country to having one of the highest – last year, only the Northern Territory had more deaths per capita than Western Australia." (source)
Yet the government claims speed cameras are working!
Taken from www.police.wa.gov.au in
regarding speed cameras...
Here are the figures for the number of vehicles speeding past a Multanova speed camera:
Yes a 46% reduction in speeding - Was there a corresponding reduction in West Australian road deaths? Absolutely not! So speed is the major cause of deaths on our roads? Think again!
There are other forces at work here, the statistics
The WA government has been pushing the "speed
kills" and "speed cameras save lives" campaign for a while now.
Fortunately many west Aussie's see through this smoke screen and in 2007 the
government may be finally waking up to the fact the big stick method isn't
reducing the road toll. We would like to see more police patrol cars
back on the road and better driver education & training, not more speed
The number one radar detector for Western Australia is the Valentine One - Why?
Combining the Valentine One radar detector (available in either the windscreen mounted version or the hidden remote V1 version) with Veil anti-laser paint offers the best protection for Western Australian police radars, lasers and Multanova speed cameras.