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Evading Safe-T-Cam

There are several rumoured ways to avoid detection by a Safe-T-Cam. Drivers have tried turning their headlights off, tailgating another truck, or driving with their truck halfway out of the lane as they pass the camera.

These tricks do not work. In fact, they usually make the situation worse.

Normally the camera operators can still see the truck’s number plate. The driver, with their truck having been identified, will then face several problems.

The first problem is that trying to evade Safe-T-Cam actually draws extra attention. When a camera operator sees these unusual actions, they know that the driver probably has something to hide. This alone can prompt an investigation and thorough review of the driver’s work diaries, load and dimensions. Often this leads to charges for serious heavy vehicle offences that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

This increased scrutiny is not limited to the particular truck or driver. The authorities can also investigate and sanction trucking companies when they identify a pattern of its drivers trying to evade Safe-T-Cam.

The second problem is that the Courts will usually impose harsher penalties for offences such as fatigue and dimension breaches when the driver has attempted trick the Safe-T-Cam to evade detection. This is because trying to avoid the Safe-T-Cam shows that the driver knew they were doing the wrong thing.

Finally, these methods of trying to avoid Safe-T-Cam are actually offences in themselves. To add insult to injury, the driver will often receive a fine and demerit points for driving without lights on, not keeping in their lane or tailgating.

Ultimately, trying to evade a Safe-T-Cam with these methods usually causes more problems than it solves.

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Written by John Sutton on June 14, 2017

John is the National Director of Criminal Law at Armstrong Legal. The experience John possesses, being a high quality mix of defence and prosecution skills, together with his team at Armstrong Legal, mean you can be certain of accurate, dependable and practical advice on how your matter can dealt with. View John's profile

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