There’s nothing heroic in covering up speed cameras

Covering up mobile speed cameras is not something that should be applauded - it's allowing potentially dangerous drivers get away with it.

Covering up mobile speed cameras is not something that should be applauded - it's allowing potentially dangerous drivers get away with it.

If someone had broken the law, chances are you’d want them to get caught, right?

You consider yourself an upstanding citizen, so you probably wouldn’t try and help them get away with it, would you?

And, should someone else try to do that, you wouldn't applaud them would you?

But that’s exactly what some people do when it comes to mobile speed cameras.

Just last month, a man was caught on video covering up a mobile speed camera – and social media quickly branded him “a hero”.

But he's not a hero, he – and those who pull up behind mobile cameras and put up their bonnet to block the shot – are helping speeders get away with breaking the law.

Here’s the thing – once you speed, you’ve already broken the law. All the camera does is catch you in the act.

So if you cover up a camera and condone that behaviour, then you’re helping speeders evade capture. And condoning speeding itself.

There seems to be two arguments brought up against speed cameras – both mobile and fixed – and they’re both dumb.

The big one is that they’re all about revenue raising. Well, then how do you explain the fact that there are always signs telling you of the cameras presence?

Seems a strange approach if it’s all about revenue raising. It’s almost like they’re actually wanting you to slow down and not get pinged.

Sorry, but if you can’t pay attention to road signs, then maybe the truth is you’re not a very good driver.

The other is that they prompt unsafe behaviour by making you take your eyes off the road to check your speed.

Sorry, but monitoring your speed is part of controlling a car. If you can’t manage that, then maybe you’re not a very good driver.

If you get pinged by a speed camera, don't blame the camera. You’re the one who was speeding.