- New penalties for drivers caught with speed camera interference devices
Drivers now face tough new penalties if they are caught using a vehicle fitted with a device such as a laser jammer or scrambler, designed to interfere with speed cameras.
The State Government has made amendments to the Road Traffic Code 2000 that now make it an offence for any person to drive a motor vehicle fitted with any device that would disrupt the operation of a speed camera.
Anyone caught with such a device fitted to their vehicle or any physical barrier preventing detection now faces a $1,200 fine and the loss of seven demerit points, doubling to 14 demerit points on a holiday weekend.
The penalty increases to $1,500 for those driving a heavy vehicle.
WA Police Force can also issue infringements to drivers who try to avoid a speed camera by driving in a way that will affect the operation of the camera, such as tailgating or driving off road.
Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:
"We've given ample warning of these new laws coming into effect.
"Drivers caught with one of these gadgets face hefty fines and demerit point penalties.
"Speed is a significant factor in too many fatal and serious injury crashes in Western Australia, with 67 people killed in speed-related crashes in 2016.
"These new laws show the State Government won't tolerate people who use this technology to travel at excessive speeds and put themselves and other road users at risk."
Minister's office - 6552 6900