Hidden speed detectors 'rob motorists': politician
CNATAIPEI -- People First Party lawmaker Chen Yi-chieh Saturday blasted traffic authorities for improperly placed and hidden speed detectors, which she said “rob motorists of their money.”
October 7, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
At a press conference held at the Legislature, Chen said that speed-monitoring equipment should be a preventive measure that reminds motorists not to speed, not an attempt for the authorities to profit off of them.
She singled out a detector on a 10-kilometer stretch of road where the maximum speed drops from 120 km per hour to just 100 kph, causing motorists who do not react in time to fall prey to traffic fines.
In 2012, that one detector, which is hidden behind a road sign between Tucheng and Zhonghe on the northbound lanes of the No. 3 freeway, brought in some NT$60 million (US$2 million) from 19,909 vehicles, she said.
Outside of freeways, the most “profitable” traffic detector is installed near Taipei's Bailing High School on Chengde Road Section Four. That device alone managed to net NT$38.7 million from 32,253 motorists last year, she said.
Regulations stipulate that speed detectors must be set atop a yellow-and-black-striped pole, with a warning sign to alert motorists 100-300 meters in advance, explained National Police Agency official Liu Chen-an, who was also at the press conference.
Lin Chi-tien, deputy captain of police at the Taipei City Traffic Division, said that all 133 speed detectors and red light cameras in the city follow regulations and are adjusted each year based on traffic conditions.