According to this emailed “warning” to drivers, point-to-point speed camera systems have already been installed on the M5 and M7 motorways in NSW, Australia and are being deployed on “any expressway or highway” where vehicles are not able to exit between two given points.
Point to point speed camera systems do exist and are used in some areas of Australia. However, at the time of writing, they are not in use on the M5 and M7 motorways and there are no reports to suggest that they are currently being widely and systematically deployed across Australia’s highways.
In December 2007, Westlink M7 published the following statement denying the claims in the email:
Westlink M7 has dismissed a hoax email currently circulating that claims that the motorway has implemented a secret speed fine based on the time a vehicle enters and exits the motorway.
Rachel Johnson, General Manager of Westlink M7, said that the email was a hoax and that no secret speed enforcement system operates on the Westlink M7.
Westlink supports safe driving and urges all motorists to comply with posted speed limits.
“However, the secret speed fine system detailed in the hoax email does not exist,” Ms Johnson said.
“Speed limits are enforced on the Westlink M7 through the normal policing measures that operate on all NSW roads.”
“Westlink meets regularly with the NSW Highway Patrol.”
Westlink has installed signs that remind motorists that speed cameras are used in NSW.
These are the standard speed camera signs seen on roads across the state and do not mean that any new or secret speed system operates on the Westlink M7.
A news release on the M5 Motorway website also denies the story:
M5 South West Motorway sets the facts straight on hoax email
The M5 South West Motorway today dismissed a hoax email claiming the motorway has set up secret point-to-point speed cameras.
Rex Wright, General Manager of Interlink Roads, owners and operators of the M5 South West Motorway, confirmed the email, currently circulating in Sydney, is a hoax.
The email falsely claims speed cameras take photos of vehicles entering and exiting the motorway, and based on the time it takes between the two points, issues a fine if the vehicle has travelled too quickly.
“No secret speed camera system operates on the M5 South West Motorway – this is an urban myth,” Mr Wright said.
“There is normal policing of NSW speed limits on the M5 as occurs on the road network generally. We support safe driving and encourage motorists to obey the posted speed limits.”
However, it should be noted that point to point systems are being deployed in some areas. A trial of point to point speed camera systems was conducted in 2004 on sections of the M4 motorway and the Pacific Highway. And, according to a 2007 article in The Age, such a system was also installed on part of the Hume Highway in Victoria. Moreover, Safe-T-Cam, a point to point system aimed specifically at heavy vehicle drivers, has been in use in some parts of Australia since 1995.
Thus, it is quite possible that more point to point speed camera systems will be deployed on different Australian highways in the future. However, at least for now, the information in this email is inaccurate and misleading and its continued circulation is entirely pointless.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!