​​Where are the speed cameras located?

As a part of the Queensland Government’s Open Data initiative, the Queensland Police Service is releasing information on Active Camera sites around Queensland. Information on camera locations can be found at:

Fixed camera locations​

Active Mobile Speed Camera Sites​

Road Safety Camera Trailers

Why are speed cameras deployed at specific locations?

Speed camera zones and sites are approved around strict selection criteria. Traffic crash history is the primary criterion used to initially identify sites. Other reasons for the establishment of a site include verified high risk speeding behaviour, roadwork sites where workers are at risk or by validated public complaints concerning erratic driver behaviour.

Sites are subject to approval by a Speed Management Advisory Committee (SMAC) which comprises of representatives from the Queensland Police Service, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, RACQ and Local Governments.

How do speed cameras work?

A photographic detection device is activated when a vehicle exceeds a preset speed enforcement threshold. They operate day and night and when activated the photographic detection device will capture either the front or rear of the breaching vehicle.

Details collected with the image (data block) includes the time, date, site location code, lane number (only at certain fixed speed camera sites), posted speed limit and the detected speed at the time of the offence.

How do point-to-point speed cameras work?

Point-to-point speed camera systems apply a calculation based on the time it takes for a vehicle to travel from 1 camera to the next and the distance between the cameras. The point-to-point camera system works out the average speed between the 2 points and compares this speed to the speed limit of the road. The vehicle has been speeding if its average speed is more than the speed limit.

What are the speed tolerance levels?

To ensure a defacto speed limit is not created, this information cannot be released. The onus is to remain with the motoring public to travel at the posted speed limit.

I did not see the speed camera as the police officer was hiding.

This is not a valid reason for exceeding the posted speed limit. It is not the policy of the Queensland Police Service to deliberately conceal speed cameras.

While the philosophy of the speed camera program is based on general deterrence using marked speed camera vehicles, it would not be appropriate for drivers who are exceeding the speed limit to have prior warning of a speed camera and thus avoid detection.

The mobile speed camera was positioned illegally.

The deployment of mobile speed cameras is governed by Legislation and Regulations.  Police Officers are specially trained and qualified to operate the photographic detection devices.

Legislation provides exculpation to Police Officers who are required to breach the provisions of the law whilst exercising a power or performing a function of their duty.

Post deployment offence images are reviewed by trained staff to ensure compliance to Legislation and Regulations.

The flash of the camera blinded me for a moment.

The new generation mobile speed camera units have the flash unit mounted low on vehicles and the light is trained towards where the vehicle’s number plate is required to be fitted. They also have a filter/diffuser designed to reduce the intensity of the light and have been independently tested to ensure that there is no possibility of any lasting effect on driver’s eyes.

It is acknowledged, however, that the flash effect can startle drivers, particularly at night. The Traffic Camera Office, in collaboration with technical experts, is continually testing new technology in order to reduce this flash effect.

In the case of laser-based speed cameras, can I see the laser beam and is the laser dangerous to my eyes?

The laser technology used in speed cameras is invisible to the eye and meets Australian Safety Standards. The laser-based speed cameras used by the Queensland Police Service are ‘Class 1 – Eye Safe’. This ensures that no eye damage will be caused if you are driving a vehicle that is being targeted.


There are ample permanent signs in various locations throughout Queensland advising the motoring public that speed cameras and red light cameras are used in Queensland.

The ‘Speed Camera In Use’ sign was not visible.

There is no legislative requirement for the ‘Speed Camera In Use’ sign to be used on a speed camera deployment. Speed camera operators may or may not have signs placed near the vehicle advising motorists they have passed a speed camera. The signs are used to remind motorists that speed detection can occur “anywhere, anytime”.

Why was the ‘Speed Camera In Use’ sign situated after the speed camera unit?

The Queensland Police Service guidelines (Traffic Manual) indicate the sign may be placed between five and thirty metres past the speed camera in the direction of travel of target vehicles.

The purpose of the sign is to alert motorists to the presence of a speed camera, to enable them to appropriately adjust their speed to a safer level if they are exceeding the speed limit.