Photographic Detection Devices are activated by a variety of triggers to capture an image or series of images that enable the elements of the relevant offence to be proved. It is important to note clearer images are used for processing and adjudication purposes.
You may view photographic image/s of the offence either via the TMR online services (www.tmr.qld.gov.au/online-services - please note this service is only available for QLD residents) through 'My Infringements' and select 'view offence image'. If you would like to view an image free of charge at any police station in Queensland, please contact the Traffic Camera Office on telephone number 1300 360 610 to arrange an appropriate location.
NOTE – Please have your Infringement Notice number and your Registration number ready when you call. Telephone calls made to the Queensland Police Service, Traffic Camera Office are recorded for quality assurance and training purposes. This service is open from 9:00am-4:00pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
Alternatively, copies of the photographic images can be purchased from the Traffic Camera Office. A Schedule of Fees for photographic images is located in the Traffic Regulation 1962 (Schedule 4) or click on the below link.
Payment by cheque or money order should be made payable to the Queensland Police Service for the amount set down in Schedule 4 (Fees) of the Traffic Regulation 1962. The payment can be mailed to:
Traffic Camera Office
GPO Box 1440
Brisbane QLD 4001
Please include details of the Infringement Notice (Infringement Notice Number, your name, forwarding address details etc.). Once this information is received the photographic prints will be forwarded to you at the address provided.
Can I use the offence image to identify a driver?
In most cases the identity of the driver will not be possible as the device is designed to identify the vehicle. There are a variety of reasons the driver cannot be identified such as:
- Photograph taken of the rear of the vehicle,
- Laminated windscreen glass,
- Light deflection,
- Distance from camera,
There is more than one vehicle in the photograph. How do you know I was the offender?
Often there is more than one vehicle in the photograph travelling in the same and / or opposite directions. Staff members of the Queensland Police Service, Traffic Camera Office are specially trained in the adjudication of offences including data block verification, elements of the offence image and accurate identification of offending vehicles.
The camera photographed my vehicle when I was travelling downhill.
Speed detection on a downhill grade is justified on the basis of one or more
of the following:
I. Serious accidents have occurred at that location;
II. Complaints of speeding vehicles being received from members of the public;
III. Officers having observed speeding offences in the area, consultation with local authorities or the Department of Transport and Main Roads; or
IV. Locations where there is a real threat to the safety of road users (including road construction workers).
Speed detection devices on downhill grades are aimed at enhancing community support, whilst ensuring that appropriate enforcement and deterrent strategies are maintained in the interest of public safety.
How do I avoid being photographed by a camera?
The only way to avoid being photographed by a camera is to comply with the road rules. Speed limit restrictions and traffic light sequences are designed for your protection and to regulate traffic flow.
Always travel at or below the posted speed limit designated for the area. Always take into consideration the actions of other road users and the unexpected such as weather conditions.
When approaching an intersection, drive at a speed that allows you to stop safely if the light changes from green to amber. When a light has changed to red, you must stop the vehicle as near as practical to, but before reaching the solid white stop line.
Data blocks are the data information imprinted on, adjacent or associated with the captured image taken with photographic detection devices at the time of the offence. The data block will vary depending on the type of offence and the photographic detection device used. The data block may contain, but not limited to the following information:
- The lane in which the vehicle that activated the system’s camera was travelling in;
- Time and date of when the image was taken;
- Location number as given in the ‘Traffic Camera Coding Manual’ of the system’s camera when the image was taken;
- Speed measured by the photographic detection device system of the target vehicle;
- Direction of travel; and
- Time elapsed from when the traffic light changed to red to when the image was taken.
For further information on data blocks refer to the ‘Traffic Regulation 1962, Schedule 11; Schedule 12; Schedule 13; Schedule 14; Schedule 15’.