View of a car's number plate clearly visible.

The Myth

Speed cameras are just about making money for the government.

The Fact

Speed cameras make our roads safer. They’ve reduced crashes at intersections by 47 per cent and have helped cut our road toll by a third, saving thousands of lives.

Cars on a highway

The Myth

Speed cameras are placed in locations where they’ll earn the most money.

The Fact

Speed cameras are placed in locations:

  • where there are problems with excessive speed
  • with a history of serious crashes
  • to protect the most vulnerable.
Speed camera flashing as someone speeding passes.

The Myth

Speed cameras aren’t accurate.

The Fact

Victoria’s speed cameras are regularly tested for speed accuracy and are certified by independent testing officers each year.

Read more about camera testing and maintenance.

Country road driving

The Myth

If two cars pass a speed camera, it can’t tell which one was speeding.

The Fact

Speed cameras monitor each lane and can identify the speeding vehicle.

Read more about how cameras work.

View of the rear of a car, with the numberplate clearly visible

The Myth

You can cheat cameras by using reflective sprays or devices on your number plate.

The Fact

Reflective sprays or devices don’t stop a camera identifying your number plate. Concealing your number plate is also illegal.

Ignore unauthorised roadside signage

4 November 2014
Motorists are encouraged to ignore any unauthorised roadside signage they encounter on their travels. Such signs are distracting and compromise road safety.