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Australian Activists Rebel Against Growing Speed Camera Use Via Amusing Facebook Campaign

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When we interviewed libertarian Australian senator David Leyonhjelm in August, he said that his country does not have the rich history of rebellion against the government that we have here in the United States. As such, when he took office, he found himself having to explain what libertarian or "classical liberal" philosophy means.

Australians may be fast learners. Or, at least, they'd like to be fast drivers. An Australian Facebook group called "Block Their Shot," has sprung up to fight the government's use of speed cameras. How they do so is right in the group's name. They fake roadside problems and park their cars directly behind the vans that are monitoring vehicle speeds. Here's how the The Daily Telegraph describes it in Australia. Their approach should also give you a taste of the kind of attitude Leyonhjelm has to deal with:

IDIOT do-gooders are faking roadside incidents to block mobile speed cameras from nabbing speeding drivers at some of the state's worst accident blackspots in an illegal social media campaign that is putting lives at risk.

The "Block Their Shot" Facebook page is urging drivers to pretend they have broken down directly behind camera vans, thereby obscuring their view of approaching cars.

The site features photos of motorists parked behind vans with their car hoods up, some with sun umbrellas, or towing boats, caravans or trailers, and even a cyclist fixing a punctured tyre, directly in the camera's line of sight. Another photo shows the rear window of a camera van covered by brown paper and sticky tape.

The folks behind the campaign argue, much some of us do here in the states, that these cameras aren't about safety at all but are revenue raisers for the government. Even with its rather biting opening, the Telegraph does show the numbers that have led to this behavior:

Between January and October 2014, the amount collected in speeding fines from mobile cameras jumped from about $310,000 to $1.35 million per month, figures from the Office of State Revenue show.

The number of fines leapt from 1590 in January to more than 5200 in October.

A roads minister in Australia has threatened to "introduce heavy fines" to try to shut the campaign down. The government is also planning to introduce even more speed cameras.

At the time the Telegraph wrote its story Sunday, the Facebook page had 28,400 likes. It's now up to 42,680. Visit them here and take a look.

(Hat tip to NP Complete)

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  1. That’s most excellent.

    Alas, her in MD, all the mobile cams I’ve seen so far are forward facing.

    1. I noticed on trips to Australia that they also have speed cameras mounted in areas such that a parked car won’t block the camera’s view. Therefore, unfortunately this plan won’t get all of the cameras, but I like the plan nonetheless.

    2. At one point on the BW Parkway they had a “construction zone” where the workers had finished up and gone home like a year earlier, yet the state refused to change its status and the camera truck faithfully showed up every day. If I remember correctly come libertarian small government type opened fire on it with a pellet gun.

      1. should there not be some type of proof required that a camera makes things safer? I recently got a ticket the good ol’ fashioned way in a Texas speed trap town and I thought, “shouldn’t the burden be on the state to prove that there’s a reason that section of I-45 has a speed limit of 60mph?”

        Shouldn’t they have to have evidence as to WHY their rules are acceptable to us?!

  2. IDIOT do-gooders are faking roadside incidents to block mobile speed cameras from nabbing speeding drivers at some of the state’s worst accident blackspots in an illegal social media campaign that is putting lives at risk.

    Oh for fuck’s sake…

    1. “What??? Speak Truth to Power? Hell, no! We’re on the hunt for as much authority cock as we can get!”

      /the Press

      1. It’s like they enjoy being viciously throat fucked by the long, hard Cock of Authority.

        Check that, they like watching the proles get throat raped by the Authora-cock. I doubt if they’d like it much when/ if it’s ever their turn.

        1. Well, maybe their cravenness will spare them the wrath…(That’s the ticket!)

          Actually, I’m sure the people writing/OKing this stuff can’t imagine anything other than total safety from anything risk. Supporting people like this campaign would just be telling the public that your news agency doesn’t really care about safety.

  3. Being an Australian Libertarian means being able to spell ‘tire’ any silly way you want.

  4. A positive development here in the States is the increasing distaste of our citizenry for traffic cameras. New Jersey, of all places, decided against continuing their red light camera pilot program following decreasing public support, and the numbers of municipalities nationwide using them is on the decline.

    Most polls still show support for the cameras, but my personal experience is that support is generally voiced by those who don’t drive, drive only sparingly, or (in my opinion) shouldn’t be driving at all.

    I’ve also noticed that cops hate the things because the cameras are not nearly lenient enough towards civilian drivers and because they abridge cops’ ability to procure waivers out of professional courtesy.

  5. Sounds like some serious business. dude.

    http://www.Way-Anon.tk

  6. The truth is that I don’t think there’s anywhere left in the world that has a tradition of individual vs. state like the USA does. It’s what makes up potentially great. It is the true American exceptionalism.

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