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RBT sites being posted online - and police can't stop it

john mccutcheon

A NEW Facebook page divulging the whereabouts of RBTs and speed traps is foiling Sunshine Coast Police officers' attempts to catch wayward motorists.

But there is nothing police can do about it.

The Sunshine Coast Police Locations page has earned more than 1320 likes on the social network site since starting on December 15.

The page describes itself as fighting "the State Government's obvious revenue raising through petty and unnecessary fines."

Multiple posts are made each day, including contributions from page followers who share the locations of police they spot around the region.

The page has even posted a photo showing the registration number of a car they claim to be an unmarked police vehicle.

A spokeswoman for the page yesterday said the posts were necessary following what page moderators believed to be an increased and excessive police traffic branch presence on the Coast.

"Speed camera vehicles are regularly placed in inappropriate and lucrative locations as, what we perceive to be, a blatant form of revenue-raising by the State Government," she said.

"Queensland Police justify this enforcement as a 'road safety campaign'.

"However, the areas targeted are not black spots and have no history of traffic incidents."

The spokeswoman said police and the government were not focussing on a real and long-term solution, such as road safety education and properly maintained road infrastructure.

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said the Facebook page was not illegal but police frowned upon such postings.

She said radio stations shared similar information with listeners.



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