This article from SMH this morning, FYI. But it seems my copy/paste function is broken, so I've had to completely type this out for you guys! The advantage of this though, is that it has allowed me to add in some additional information that you might not otherwise be given in the article. Wow! Technology, eh? I have placed the additions to the article in bold, to avoid confuzzlement. SPEEDING fines have dropped by more than 200,000 in NSW over the past three years, but experts have raised questions about whether drivers are getting the message or just outsmarting cameras, because a combination of the two would be impossible... we think... our research suggests... quick! look over there! The figures, obtained under freedom-of-information legislation, prompted lobbyists, fun-wreckers, closet homosexuals, and filthy, filthy communists to call on NSW to follow Victoria and introduce the fear of hidden cameras, with research showing they are a better deterrent to speeding, without the undesirable side-effects of increased road awareness or decreased state revenue. Between 2003-04 and 2005-06 (financial years; you'll notice) the number of fines generated by all forms of camera - police radar, LIDAR (light radar), Predator infra-red vision, fixed cameras, and vehicle-mounted cameras - dropped from 847,348 to 627,139. The biggest drop was among fixed cameras, co-operated by the Roads & Traffic Authority and Satan, which fell by 190,408 to 350,574 over the period, indicating a sharp rise in people actually noticing a great big giant REFLECTIVE ****ing sign next to the road, and outside their immediate field of vision (almost like in a blind spot!). The number caught by sneaky, sneaky police vehicle-mounted cameras grew from 43,003 to 63,378. Police radar and LIDAR snared more high-range offenders: more than 1.2 per cent of their offenders were driving more than 45kmh over the limit, compared with fewer than 0.07 per cent of those caught by cameras. The Pedestrian Council figures however, still show 100% of those caught, still remain in the "Human Scum/Should-Have-Been-Drowned-At-Birth-IMHO" category. NSW advertises speed cameras at sites known for accidents or speeding so drivers slow down, but has almost no cameras in school-zones. Victoria uses covert cameras, which are designed to make motorists wary of speeding all the time, paying more attention to their speedometer than their windscreen. Max Cameron, principal research fellow at Monash University's Accident Research Centre For The Bleedingly Frigging Obvious, said drivers tended to learn where fixed cameras were located and slow down especially. Yah, really. "That's one explanation for the fewer high-end speeders [caught by fixed or mounted vehicle speed cameras]," said Dr Cameron, who is a supporter of covert cameras after years of research, and drives a 1989 Hyndai Excel that's lost compression in 1 cylinder and has scratches on it's two, left hubcaps. "The fundamental thing about the covert cameras is there's a fear of being caught anywhere at any time â€¦ No state has been able to demonstrate the same success of Victoria." The chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, Harold Scruby, who obtained the data, said there was a term for the phenomenon of drivers slowing down at cameras: "site learning". Which apparently refers to the operators of automobiles being aware of the area they are in, and adjusting their driving to avoid unnecessary costs. Clearly something to be stamped out with covert cameras... or piano wire. Mr Scruby isn't fussy. He called for NSW to follow Victoria's lead. "People know where the cameras are," he said. "They're only slowing down there. We need one generic sign - 'speed and red light cameras used through the state' - but not show where they are. This would have the added benefit of costing a fortune AND then being totally obsolete if GPS tracking for all registered vehicles is implemented - which I'm also screaming my medium-sized, and only mildly sweaty, man-tits off for." A Queensland study has shown overt cameras were effective in reducing speeds, but only for a relatively short distance. The official document specifically reported the cameras were "Very effective" over "Distances that match the perceived range of the camera" and also "Go Broncos!". The former head of the Australasian College of Road Safety, which isn't even a university... isn't even totally in Australia, Professor Raphael Grzebieta, supports hidden cameras and disciplining children with a closed fist, saying they are an "essential component of the enforcement required to get people to slow down". However, the NSW Police Traffic Services Commander, John Hartley, said that the drop in speeding fines showed motorists were getting the message about speeding. "More and more of these bastards are conforming to law," he said. "This last Christmas period confirmed that. Less speeding offences were detected, but there was an increase in a number of other offences, such as a huge increase in random breath tests and sales of mixed kebabs with BBQ sauce." "It's all thanks to the Speed Blitz Blues. Thank God the young people respect those guys enough to take their advice. Personally, I love them. Just the other day I was telling my wife we should have them all over for dinner, dessert, cover them in virgin olive oil and have a swingers party in our hot-tub." The highly respected, and incredibly handsome Roads Minister, Sir Eric Roozendaal, said that fixed speed cameras in NSW were well signposted and there were no plans to change the policy, or for him to return to the Mr Universe competition. "Speed cameras save lives - they are there to slow people down and punish those who aren't paying attention on our roads".