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    The Honourable Neil Roberts

    AUTOMATIC NUMBER PLATE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY TO BE ROLLED OUT ON QLD ROADS

    Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Neil Roberts

    Friday, April 15, 2011

    AUTOMATIC NUMBER PLATE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY TO BE ROLLED OUT ON QLD ROADS

    Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology will be used on Queensland roads for the first time during the Easter school holidays in a bid to further enhance safety for motorists, Police Minister Neil Roberts announced today.

    Mr Roberts said research had shown that unlicensed and unregistered motorists were three times more likely to be involved in a traffic crash.

    “It is these offences that can be targeted by ANPR technology,” Mr Roberts said.

    “The Queensland Police Service undertook a 12-month trial of the new technology, which was then evaluated by the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety.

    “CARRSQ’s evaluation found that ANPR technology is of benefit for use in road traffic operations and proved it was useful in targeting offences that are detrimental to road safety.”

    Mr Roberts said one ANPR unit had already been purchased and would be used during the Easter school holidays.

    “The Queensland Police Service is currently in the process of purchasing additional units in the hope of having at least one unit in every police region across the state by mid 2012,” he said.

    “The Bligh Government is committed to ending the carnage on our roads and ANPR technology is another tool police can use to catch those whose behaviour is putting their life and the lives of other motorists at risk.”

    Mr Roberts said today marked the start of the Easter school holiday period, which would see an increase in traffic on the roads as Queenslanders took the opportunity to visit friends and family and take a short vacation.

    “Last year 11 people lost their lives in road crashes during the Easter school holiday period – two during the traditional Easter long weekend,” he said.

    “The government, police and emergency services agencies strongly urge motorists to take every precaution possible and survive their drive this Easter.”

    Acting Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said that the best way to stay safe this Easter would be to drive to the conditions, not take unnecessary risks and obey the road rules.

    “The message is simple; please remember to drive safe. Plan your trip and take your time. It is better to get to your destination safe and late, than not at all,” Acting Commissioner Stewart said.

    Ambulance Commissioner David Melville said what should be a happy and relaxing time of year could quickly become a nightmare for families and loved ones affected by road trauma.

    “Road traffic crashes accounted for 154 patients being transported to hospital during the four day Easter period last year,” Commissioner Melville said.

    “Paramedics witness this heartache year in, year out. They see first-hand the carnage which results from carelessness on the roads. So often these cases are preventable.”

    Acting Assistant Fire Commissioner Ron James said 18 of the 158 road crashes firefighters responded to during the 2010 Easter involved entrapments.

    “At these incidents, firefighters race against the clock to free those who are entrapped, often these people have suffered severe, life threatening injuries,” Acting Assistant Fire Commissioner James said.

    “Our personnel see some horrific sights and understand just how harrowing road trauma is. The horror of being trapped in the wreckage of a car crash is in most cases, avoidable.”

    Media contact: Minister’s office – (07) 3239 0199; Police Media – (07) 3014 2444; DCS Media – (07) 3247 8186