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  TIN news:    Australia's Victorian State Government has issued a $17m tender to upgrade its mobile speed camera network to ensure road safety.
 
The upgraded systems will roll over in the next four years and join the automated number plate recognition technology that has already assisted police in arresting traffic offenders.
 
Replacing Victoria's existing 20-year old mobile cameras, the new cameras will help to capture the front and rear number plates of speeding vehicles across multiple lanes.
"Technology in this area is advancing rapidly and we will explore all options to make Victoria's road safety camera network as strong as it can be."
 
The upgrade would mean that the police efficiency in catching speeding vehicles will increase exponentially.
 
An estimated 11,000 motorcyclists have escaped identification over the past four years.
 
The new cameras will also be able to capture the number plates of vehicles at night. A greater range of camera mounting options, including those for motorcycles, will be required.
 
Minister for police and emergency services Kim Wells said: "Technology in this area is advancing rapidly and we will explore all options to make Victoria's road safety camera network as strong as it can be."
 
According to the official records, more than one million infringement fines were issued by fixed or mobile speed cameras last year and approximately 300,000 speeding infringements took place during the first three months of this year.
 
"We know the majority of motorists do the right thing and comply with the speed limit. The latest advances in technology can assist us in catching those who don't," Wells added.
 
The hunt for the next generation of mobile speed cameras will reportedly start next week.

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