Queensland Police hope web cameras will ease traffic jams

50 new web cameras to provide live feeds to motorists on the state's 131940.qld.gov.au website

Queensland Police will deploy more than 50 web cameras in the state's South East in a bid to make traffic flow more freely.

The roadside traffic cameras will provide live feeds to the 131940.qld.gov.au/ website to inform motorists of conditions.

"It's a $900,000 investment to double the number of web cams in the south east and it's money well-spent," Queensland Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services, Neil Roberts, said in a statement.

The cameras are expected to be deployed in "hot-spot" locations that receive heavy traffic from both motorists and freight vehicles. These include the "corner of Arrow Street and the Pacific Motorway in Brisbane, exit 60 on the M1 on the Gold Coast, and the Anzac Avenue/Bruce Highway interchange on the Sunshine Coast".

The Queensland announcement comes on the back of several announcements of web- and IT-based systems being deployed by the country's law enforcement bodies.

Last week the Victorian State government said it will put up $16.7 million for a new Automated Number Plate Recognition Technology system as part of its 2010-11 budget.

The Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Bob Cameron, said the solution would "enable police and the Sherriff’s office to scan vehicle registration plates to identify unlicensed drivers, unregistered vehicles and outstanding warrants, and provide resources to the court and justice system to process additional offenders".

“Greater detection abilities for police and Sheriff’s officers will result in safer roads, with unauthorised drivers involved in 12.8 per cent of fatalities on Victorian roads in 2008,” Cameron said in a statement.

In January, the Tasmanian Government said it will spend $400,000 to purchase five Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras for the state's police. The funding followed a successful trial of the technology which the government said helped police crackdown on traffic offenders.

Last year, South Australian police also began trialling new camera technology which enables moving police cars to detect stolen vehicles in busy traffic.

Mid-last year, Victoria Police began a three-day blitz on dangerous driving, Operation Ardent, and for the first time used microblogging site Twitter to enforce the safe driving message among young drivers.

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