http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/im...missions/44-67/52_VictoriaPolice_08092011.pdf I'm slowly working through the VicPol submission to the RSC. There are some aspects of it which have me seriously concerned and throwing virtual rotten tomatoes at my Lappy screen. Their view and take on the crash stats for one... ESPECIALLY THE FLAWED RISING PERCENTAGE MUST EQUAL RISING NUMBER OF FATALITIES!!!! That truly disappointed me... and I'd be happy to say that to any Police officer reading this right now. Please take a look at the VMC submission for a detailed discussion about the what the rising percentage actually means. I'm going to put that aside for the time being. One narrow aspect I immediately want to bring to light is the focus on the uninfringeable speeding motorcycle rider. The Police numbers are flawed. And their case is not even internally consistent with their logic - it's a purely them and us driven focus. The VicPol submission says that in 2010 (the entire 2010 not just part of 2010) 49% or 5876 infringements couldn't be levelled "due to an inability to effectively identify the rider"*. But then later it says "Of the unissued speeding fines, 81% (8795) were for low speeding". Is this a deliberate mistake to see whether we're awake?? How can you have 5876 unlevelled fines but then 81% of the unissued fines amounting to 8795 riders? That doesn't work. They quote other percentage stats too... so lets break them down. *Interesting language - this isn't talking about identifying the bike. 49% unidentified fines totalling to 5876 riders equates to 11,992 total riders detected speeding. 81% of unissued fines (low speeding), totalled to 8795 riders equates to 10,858 total unissued fines.??? (How's that work with the original number of 5876??) 13% unissued fines (medium speeding), totalled to 1387 riders equates to 10,699 total unissued fines ??? 6% unissued fines (high level speeding) totalled to 627 riders equates to 10,450 total unissued fines?? At least the last three totals are within rounding error of each other... but they apparently equate to UNISSUED fines, and are more than a 1000 out from the first stat which gives a total of 11992 detected speeding riders in 2010. What gives with that? (Are you following me so far?) The camera infringement table included in the submission for Jan-Sept 2010 has a total of 13629 detected speeding infringements! That's more than the numbers above for the whole 2010. The VicPol paper makes the point that the table shows 60% of detected speeding infringements couldn't be pegged because of unreadable plates or no frontal identification - that equates to 8051 bikes. That's not consistent with previous numbers! Anyway, 13629 riders sounds like a lot right? Well according to the Herald sun August 18th: 1.3millions drivers were fined. Round that down to say an even million to filter out the red light fines (can't find how many red light fines there were)... that means that 1.4% of all speeding detections (the 13,629 riders) were motorbikes. (it'd be less if I took the Police percentage numbers for 2010... but I'll go with the more conservative number from the table). 1.4%!!! We are 4% of vehicle rego's and according to the negative propaganda we're all hoons and need to be reigned in... how then could we possibly have been a measly 1% of detected infringements? This is even after almost doubling motorcycle kilometres travelled. Clearly, we are not living up to the propaganda! We are a bloody well behaved bunch of road users.