Police send speed alert texters a clear message



A NEW text messaging service which warns motorists of random breath test and speed trap sites has been labelled an "irresponsible profit-making exercise'' by Central Queensland's top traffic cop.

Regional Traffic Co-ordinator Inspector Lyle Mitchell said Road Spy, launched on the Gold Coast on Tuesday by security company director Adam Bush, was dangerous because it helped motorists undermine road safety initiatives.

"It's a complete abuse of technology and I think the whole thing is pretty selfish and irresponsible,'' Inspector Mitchell said.

"Situations may arise where people will drink and drive because they can avoid being detected. That's not a good thing.''

Queensland's Acting Premier, Anna Bligh, was yesterday seeking advice on whether the Government could shut down Road Spy.

"If there is no provision that would allow us to act against it in the current law ... it's possible to perhaps look at that in the future,'' she said.

Inspector Mitchell said police already faced obstacles including radio stations revealing the locations of speed camera enforcement units, and motorists illegally using radar detection devices.

Since the Christmas traffic campaign began on CQ roads on December 23, five local drivers have been caught using radar detectors.

In the latest case on Tuesday, a motorist was fined and his radar detector seized near Miriam Vale.

"This (text messaging service) takes it (evasion) into a whole new different dimension,'' Inspector Mitchell said.

Mr Bush had said the SMS alerts would encourage drivers to slow down and deter them from drink driving.

Subscribers paid $280 a year for the service.



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