Whilst driving from Cairns to the Sunshine Coast hinterland on the 10th & 11th of December and home again on the 26th & 27th of December via Charters Towers and Emerald, we never saw a single highway patrol police vehicle or speed trap.
On 25th December, I drove to Gympie and Noosa and saw one speed trap on the side of the road between Nambour and the highway, another one hiding under an overpass on the highway and a third one hiding in the median strip on the highway. No highway patrol vehicles whatsoever.
As usual, none of them were displaying the signs that they are supposed to place near the vehicles, and unless anyone happened to glance sideways to see the signage on the side of the vehicles, many motorists would not have been aware of their presence.
Of course, the daytime running lights are a bit of a giveaway as the engines are always left running for the air-conditioning.
When I drove to the Cairns airport yesterday morning to pick a mate up, I saw a speed trap beside the highway near our residence.
There was no sign of course but the left-hand indicator had been left on to try to create the impression that a motorist had temporarily pulled over to the side of the road.
The indicator was still on when we returned from the airport almost an hour later.
Every holiday period the authorities spruik their usual propaganda that every available officer will be on the roads and that every area will be patrolled whilst the reality is there are virtually no highway patrols operating, just the hidden speed traps which achieve absolutely nothing except revenue raising.