Speed cameras - or cash cameras, as they're more affectionately known - are meant to save lives, we all know that. Well I've found the proof - I really have!
Have a look at the photos below. It's two times now - in the same week - that this stretch of road near Geelong, Victoria has taken me over 25 minutes to travel through. Normally, at the 70km/h speed limit, it shouldn't take any longer than 45 seconds. The reason for the delays? Workers operating on the speed/red light camera located at this major intersection - during peak hour.
Don't worry, you're not seeing things. These morons (that's the nicest and least offensive word I could think of to describe them) have blocked off the right hand turning lane, along with one of the two lanes on the opposite side of this major road.
Again, you're not seeing things. That loaded truck is stuck in the middle of the intersection trying to turn right during a red light due to the blockage of the right hand turning lane - during peak hour.
Out of all the speed cameras in the world, this has to be one of the only ones saving lives. Why? Because traffic doesn't actually have the chance to move above 20km/h, so the possibility of a death is nil - unless of course the worker falls off his/her ladder.
It's nice to see that the Bracks Government has its priorities right. Forget fixing some of the appalling roads throughout Victoria and concentrate solely on fixing a speed camera which is bound to earn millions of dollars over its lifetime. Makes sense.