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Everything you need to know about police radar, laser and speed cameras in Western Australia

1) What are the different types of police radar / laser & speed cameras used in WA?

a) What is the respective the tolerance / accuracy of each device?


b) What are the guidelines for use of this equipment?


c) How do these devices make mistakes?

i) Moving Radar errors and mistakes


ii) Laser (LIDAR) errors and mistakes


iii) Speed camera errors and mistakes

2) What products offer the best protection against these types of police radar / laser / cameras?

a) What are the laws governing the use of radar / laser detectors?


b) Can the police determine if you are using a radar detector?

3) What are the penalties / demerit points and speeding fines for WA?

a) If I know I wasn't speeding, how can I challenge / beat a speeding fine

4) What are the road fatality statistics for Western Australia?


5) Summary for police radar, laser and speed cameras in Western Australia



What Radar / Laser speed measuring devices are used in WA?

None of these four are used in Western Australia, other than red light cameras, which use the sensors built into the road.

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In Western Australia, the police use the following speed measurement devices:


Hand-held radar:

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)
View how a Multanova works here



 

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
13th April 2008 source: The West Australian

Dozens of speed traps, including new speed cameras on police cars, 88 extra mobile radars and 24 fixed cameras along Perth’s freeways, would be introduced under a State Government road safety blueprint, reaping an estimated $200 million a year from more than two million fines for WA motorists.

Details of the plan for a massive increase in the number of infringements issued each year, from about 440,000 to more than two million, is contained in a Government-commissioned report likely to form the basis of the State’s new 12-year road safety strategy.

“The expected fine revenue from speeding motorists detected by the recommended speed-enforcement operations, at least in the short term, is estimated to be $204 million per annum,” the 2006 Monash University accident research centre report said.

By comparison, last year WA drivers paid $17 million in speed camera fines.

As well as 24 fixed cameras on freeways, which would generate an estimated 427,356 fines a year, the report also recommended 43 new vehicle mounted cameras and an extra 88 “mobile radar units”.

About 1.1 million fines a year would come from mobile speed cameras and laser detectors on metropolitan roads and 495,000 fines from mobile speed cameras and radar units on rural roads.

“Processing of the estimated 2.043 million speeding tickets per year from the recommended package will require a substantial increase in police personnel as well as about $4 million capital investment in the back office infrastructure to triple its offence processing capacity,” the report said.

The Office of Road Safety said the report, by Professor Max Cameron, was being reviewed and an update prepared before speed enforcement recommendations were included in the 2008-2020 road safety strategy.

But Professor Cameron confirmed yesterday that the updated version “won’t be much of a departure from the package”.

It would also include an additional recommendation for point-to-point speed cameras on open roads after the ORS asked him to examine the new technology. “That might mean that some other forms of speed enforcement is not done as much, but probably it won’t be fundamentally different,” he said.

Professor Cameron also confirmed there was still no crash-based evaluation of WA’s Multanova program and that the report was based on the effectiveness of speed cameras in the Eastern States and overseas.

Police confirmed yesterday they had 19 Multanovas in operation, 191 car-mounted radars, 31 hand-held radars used to check Multanova effectiveness and 290 hand-held lasers.

The report said the package would provide an annual saving of $186 million in social costs, with the estimated cost to operate the package less than 10 per cent of the fine income.

Independent MP Dan Sullivan said yesterday that motorists should prepare for a speed enforcement strategy that was based on increasing speed cameras and revenue.

“This report is conclusive proof that the State Government is more interested in using speed cameras to raise revenue rather than reduce the road toll,” he said.

ORS acting executive director Jon Gibson said that the Enhanced Speed Enforcement Steering Committee would use the updated report “together with additional advice and research from Australia and around the world” to form its recommendation to the Government.

Police Minister John Kobelke said he expected to receive a draft road safety strategy for consideration midyear.

 

Liberals breach six-year-old camera revenue promise

source: 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 yesterday’s state budget showed the Liberals would direct only a portion of the millions of dollars they collected each year in speeding fines to the fund.

According to the budget the digitisation of the speed and red light camera fleet was expected to increase driving infringement revenue by $52.8 million in 2010-11 to $72.8 million thereafter.

What this is saying is (once again) the government is BANKING on the fact that their additional speed cameras will bring in MORE revenue. How can the government possibly claim that speed cameras are there to reduce the road toll when they are budgeting for them to INCREASE their revenue? Shouldn't their road safety initatives be celebrating their cameras making LESS money (people slowing down and thus not being fined)??

But the government says it expects to put only about $17 million a year into the trust fund – pocketing the rest.

The RAC said yesterday’s budget was a ``fundamental breach of trust by the government.’’

``In Opposition the Liberal Party was very loud in calling for all speed and red light fine revenue to go to the Road Trauma Trust Fund,’’ RAC spokesman Matt Brown said.

``In government they have reverted to the cynical tactic of milking speed and red light fines to prop up consolidated revenue.’’

The government announced yesterday that it will spend $30 million to buy digital speed and red light cameras as part of a towards zero road safety strategy.

The RAC says the new cameras will see WA motorists paying a huge $198 million in additional speed and red light fines.

``The cash grab will net The State Government a massive $541 million in speed and red light fines over the forward estimates period,’’ Mr Brown said.

``While the government rakes in the extra cash, spending on road safety initiatives is being radically cut back.’’

In 2003, then Shadow Road Safety Minister Katie Hodson-Thomas said: ``We are not going to win the war against road deaths, unless we change our priorities.

``Putting more money into road safety programmes will enable the Road Safety Council to do more preventative work to raise awareness and bring about a real change in driver culture.''

Police Minister Rob Johnson said the 2003 promise was not a 2008 pre-election pledge.

“The Road Trauma Trust Fund is only one small part of total Government funding to road safety. Recent figures show the total Government spend on road safety at about $280million, including funding to police enforcement,’’ he said.

“WA Police are currently preparing a business case regarding speed and red light cameras and the options for any eventual mix and numbers will be clearer once that business case is completed.

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.

“The business case will also examine potential alternative public and private providers for speed camera and infringement processing related services.

Yet another example of politicians promising one thing, and delivering the opposite. If any "normal" business operated with these tactics, the ACCC would be all over them demanding answers.

Here are some of the community responses to the above:

"Lies, Lies,Lies, Colin and just remember these are the very people whom within a short time of gaining office announced that they would be doubling the amount of speed cameras. Whilst in opposition they screamed and yelled they are just revenue raisers and that the previous government had no intention of improving road safety. Well now the TRUTH is out and its obvious BARNETT is definately a two faced HYPOCRIT, who says one thing then just does the other and all to suck more money out of the public, because Barnett and his government are a disaster when it comes to economic management and we have to pay for their sheer incompetence. Whats next Col ? you going to start selling off public assets again are you ? just like last time we had a Liberal government. The Colin Barnett fire sale starts soon."

"The great Col Barnett Cash Grab is on, didnt take this money hungry Liberal long to show his real colours did it ? Huge Tax increases in yesterdays budget, a huge deficit coming that we shall all have to pay for, along with our children and now Barnett wants to Rip another $541 million out of the already suffering taxpayers with traffic infringements. But remember folks this is the great Liberal economic managers at work, what i want to know what is so great about hiking taxes, how does that make you a great economic manager ? any idiot can do that stunt, just ask Col, he is an expert at it."

"I have long held the opinion that there should be separate departments of the treasury, directly into which revenues raised via particular methods go, i.e. revenue from speeding, traffic and 'red light' infringements goes directly into one Department, which then disburses funds ONLY into improving roads, promoting driver awareness and other related initiatives. The same principle should be applied to revenue from the Medicare levy, with all net funds being ploughed back into the public health system. Having a single pool into which revenue from all sources flows makes it way too easy to divert too much of Government funds (i.e. OUR money) into non-essential, often utterly wasteful, initiatives instead of toward the medical, educational, judicial and quality of life welfare of Australian citizens, whatever their income or social status. But I'm not so naive to think that such an outcome will ever eventuate because it would be much harder for our Government to fund military expeditions against those who had not declared us as enemies, or to host irresponsibly expensive international sporting events, or insert your preferred wasteful Gov't sponsored initiative here"

"HAHAHA are they surprised the government is revenue raising? They must have been living in a cave on the moon, we all know they want to pocket the money from mums and dads 5km over the ever declining speed limit. Now they have ordered $30mill worth of additional cameras with 700 people to support them...... All under the farce of "Road Safety"."

"Watch this space, they will privatise it shortly. Add more camera's to get good growth projections, then turn it over to private industry for a %age. That gets them rid of a pesky promise, and the successful company will just happen to favour a political party for it's donations. That way, they get the drip feed for general spending, and an election war-chest for themselves. If you don't believe me, check out what happened in Victoria under Kennett. And the company that got the contract had no restrictions on the number of camera's they could use. Very shortly a dozen exceeded 90 and the public got fleeced. One photography business where you cannot lose money."

"Any doubts about Barnett's govt intention on how to balance the budget - check out the Moronic Robotic Dipstiks (MRD) for the latest 110 kph roads that have suddenly become too dangerous to drive on above 70kph - look out for the revenue raising rozzers down around Mandurah leading onto the new Bunbury Hwy from next week - look out for a balanced budget courtesy of the hapless motorist next year. Brought to you by yet another dorrington of an idea."

"I was at a road safety conference a few weeks ago and Police were talking about removing the 5kmh (I think thats correct) tolerance that is in place for speeding. Pathetic, isn't it?"

"Bec & heterochromia (& other dorringtons of similar mind) - if nobody speeds & the revenue falls then Manic Roads Dept will rampage through metro area further lowering speed limits until we all do. Open your eyes, it is already happening - every week dick honeypot announces yet another set or three of revenue raising, speed limit lowering, adjustments that have no obvious justification and they refuse to answer any questions as to why the changes - some them by 20kph - have been made!! They rarely if ever signpost the road in advance of the change. If you don't read the paper you have no idea - if you don't happen to notice that a sign has been changed on the road you have been safely traversing at 90kph for 30 years without anyone having an accident and overnight became a 70kph road complete with multanova - well you hoon - tough!!! Colin is laughing all the way to a balanced budget."

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How accurate are these devices?


The assumption being made here, is that the speed measuring equipment is being used according to the manufacturer's guidelines (see below).

The Falcon hand-held Radar gun is accurate to ± 2km/h as it is used only in a "stationary mode"


The Kustom Eagle dash mounted moving radar is accurate to ± 2km/h in stationary mode and ± 3km/h in moving mode


The LTI Ultralyte Laser (Lidar) gun is also accurate to ± 2km/h and cannot be operated in moving mode.


The Multanova is accurate to ± 3km/h up to 100km/h then ± 3% at speeds over 100km/h.  It's has three power settings which are :

  • "Near" which gives a detection range of approx 7 meters (single lane roads)

  • "Means" which gives a range of 15 meters (used for dual lane roads)

  • "Far" which gives a detection range of approx 40 meters (multi-lane roads)

The power output used by these three settings is 0.2mw to 0.5mw

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What are the guidelines for use of this equipment?

Guidelines for the use of Multanova speed cameras (source)

  • Image Speed Measurement Devices are not to be operated at the base of any steep incline unless otherwise directed or authorised by the Assistant Commissioner, Traffic and Operations Support (or his delegate)

  • Image Speed Measurement Devices are not to be placed within 100 metres of the approach or departure side of a change of speed zone unless otherwise directed by the Assistant Commissioner, Traffic and Operations Support (or his delegate).

  • The speed camera tolerance in Western Australia is set ridiculously low. The Assistant Commissioner of Traffic believes that drivers should only be given 3 km/h tolerance which is the in built error factor in the Multanova speed camera.

  • Speed cameras should not be placed in the vacinity of a traffic sign, metal fence or objects moving in the background such as trains, that can reflect radar signals and give false readings.

  • Speed cameras that use side angle projection of the radar beam (Multanova), must be setup parallel to the traffic flow. Why? Because of the "Cosine Error Factor" which will cause the speed reading to be inaccurate - Either reading too high or too low, depending on how far off parallel the camera is pointing. This is why all speed cameras shouldn't be setup on curved roads, only straight roads. (An interesting point to clarify - "How is a camera setup parallel to the road? From some video footage seen of a speed camera setup, its done by "thumb" (rough enough is good enough!). So much for accuracy!

  • Speed cameras must be tested before and after setup. (Only to show if there is a gross error with the device.) All speed cameras must be certified every 12 months as being accurate. ( The question arises -"Is every 12 months good enough after roughly 3 - 4 setups per day in WA for example?" That's roughly after every 1500 x 2 = 3000 pickup and drops in the back of a car!)

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. 

 

Prime example:

 

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 advised shortly."

So, it was very stressful and I was basically treated like a criminal, and it was horrible - absolutely horrible"

 

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How do Police Radar, Laser & Speed Cameras make mistakes?

Speed camera mistakes:

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)


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What is the best defence against each of these speed measuring devices??

 

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:


Hand-held radar:

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?"
 
You may have seen them advertised on other websites and some magazines: the passive radar/laser jammers (also known as radar scramblers).  Some passive jammers are Phantom, Phantom II, Phaser or Phazar, the Phantom III and The Black Widow.

Passive radar Jammers DO NOT WORK!  These "jammers" are usually manufactured by a company called Rocky Mountain Radar (RMR). We have tested many of their units and we have yet to find one that works as advertised.

Know what to avoid before you purchase such a passive jammer, consider reading the "Jamming Testing Report" by Radar Roy first to find out why we do not sell and/or recommend them.

Active Radar Jammers - Not Much Improvement! You may have also heard of the active radar jammers with the name of Phantom RCD XP or The Scorpion. These do work to a limited degree.

Active radar jammers like those named above, only jam X, K with any success and have difficulty jamming Instant on radar.  Their effectiveness against Ka radar is even less, especially at close range.  Read a test report on active radar jammers here.


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...

 

...although these are few and far times in between.  Click on the video to the left to watch just how quickly a police laser gun acquires vehicle's speeds.

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:

"That being stated, these results suggest that, especially in close-range laser encounters, the Valentine 1 is the top performing laser detector, by a wide-margin, followed by the Escort 8500 X50 and more closely, the STi Driver, and the Beltronics RX65 Pro.."

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 96.1FM

If your radio had to always scan from 88FM all the way up to 106FM when the only station you could possibly pick up was 96.1FM then you see the wasted time in scanning the whole FM band (think Ka-band) for that one signal.

Now lets say you had a FM radio that you could program to only scan from 95.9 to 96.3 FM. Obviously it would detect a 96.1FM signal a LOT faster than one that was scanning the entire range (think Ka super wide band) .

Keeping with this analogy, Australia has a FM radio "band allowance" of 88FM up to 106FM. But lets say USA has an FM allocation of 82FM to 115FM. And if we bought a car radio from the USA and the only intermittent radio station we could detect was 96.1FM, and by design the radio had to scan the entire band, you can see why detectors made for the USA do not perform so well against Multanovas in Western Australia (or anywhere else)

So if we can program our detector to only scan small slices of the Ka-band range, we dramatically improve the sensitivity on low powered, weak signals like the Multanova.


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!


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How does each radar detector perform detecting WA radars, lasers & cameras?



Summary for best radar detector for WA:

 

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.


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What are the laws governing the use of radar detectors in WA

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.


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Can the police determine if you are using a radar detector?


Because there are no anti-detector laws, there are no police Radar Detector Detectors (RDD's) used in W.A.

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What are the Speeding Fines for WA? (source)

Less than 9 km/h   - $75    plus 0 Demerit Points      (was $50  0 Points)
10 km/h - 19 km/h - $150   plus 2 Demerit Points      (was $100 1 Point)
20 km/h - 29 km/h - $250   plus 3 Demerit Points      (was $150 3 Points)
30 km/h - 40 km/h - $350   plus 5 Demerit Points      (was $250 4 Points)
More than 40 km/h - $1000 plus 7 Demerit Points    (was $350 6 Points)

 

Offence captured by a red light camera: $150 plus three demerit points.

 

1st March 2008 - new fines for not wearing a seatbelt:

 

1/3/08 - Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving - $250 and 3 demerit points

 

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What are the road fatality statistics for Western Australia??


"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!


WA Traffic Fatalities

Metro

Country

Total

2007 (to 31/1/07)

8

23

31

2006

86

117

203

2005

64

98

162

2004

80

100

180

2003

84

95

179

2002

67

112

179

2001

70

95

165

2000

83

129

212

1999

84

133

217

1998

103

120

223

1997

83

113

196

 

source: http://www.police.wa.gov.au

 

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:


Year

Total Vehicles past

a speed camera

Vehicles over the

speed limit

% vehicles over

the speed limit

1992

1,920,709

1,191,172

62.20 %

1993

2,076,988

1,078,446

51.92 %

1994 

3,053,698

1,248,619

40.89 %

1995

6,279,314

2,141,972

34.11 %

1996  

9,183,396

2,551,785

30.69 %

1997

11,221,126

2,877,921

25.65 %

1998

14,977,344

3,291,089

 21.97 %

1999 

19,427,074

4,047,873

20.84 %

2000 

19,059,566

3,668,755

19.25 %

2001 

18,826,160

3,843,552

20.42 %

2002

19,489,762

3,221,010

16.53 %

2003 

20,435,584

3,265,324

15.98 %

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 prove it!

Speed cameras make millions of dollars for state governments all over the world. Like poker machines "the more you have, the more money you make" A great example of speed camera madness is Victoria , Australia's speed camera state.


Why the stampede to introduce more and more speed cameras?


In Western Australia the answer was simple. Speed cameras allowed the Western Australian Government to disband the entire "Police Traffic Branch" and combine the role with general duties police work. You see one speed camera can book more drivers in one hour than 100 police officers. Wow! What a saving on wages, police traffic cars, motor bikes and petrol. The trouble is this type of thinking is simplistic not to mention down-right stupid and ineffective.


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 cameras.

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Summary for police radar, laser and speed cameras in W.A.


The number one radar detector for Western Australia is the Valentine One - Why?

  • It will detect Multanova speed cameras earlier than any other detector (proof)

  • It has detect police laser better than any other detector in the world (proof)

  • It will detect dash-mounted or hand-held WA police radar earlier than any other radar detector (proof)

  • When programmed with the auto mute mode it is one of the quietest detector for false alarms (watch the video)

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.


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