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the first person to beat the laser. and lastly, 18 months ago, I became then the speed camera, off the mobile radar, I beat the first And over a period of three years, helping drivers beat the wrap. He spends his days in court, is a speed camera consultant. Scott Cooper Speed cameras are not fool proof. by then. there's no way you'd get to 70 and that's just on 50 now - fifth gear fourth gear up to 40, second gear up to 30, First gear 20 kilometres, are being punished. have no doubt innocent people and milkman David Barnes Bus driver Robert Kirkwood How can it do 87km/h? and I can only do 54km/h. I've got an empty bus The camera is wrong, it's got to be. of this multimillion-dollar rort. could stop you becoming a victim What you're about to see an endless list of errors. Tonight we expose unbelievable mistakes. impossible speeds, false readings, But now their faults are in focus, the camera never lies. because we're told we send in the cash Every time they flash, is a match made in heaven. State governments and speed cameras The love affair between a lot of cash. That's a good way of raising got the money out of your pocket. Once you're photographed, they've you promised me SONG: # Now give me what ripped up. We want 4,000 speeding tickets didn't ya # # You tried to sneak by me now SONG: # A huh, huh till proven innocent. You are actually guilty didn't ya # # You thought I didn't see you now SONG: # A huh, huh like a common criminal. I've been treated SONG: # Got you! taken for an expensive ride. and far too many drivers are being the cameras aren't foolproof But as you're about to see, So, you pay up. to argue. you feel you're in no position the cameras aren't foolproof But as you're about to see, So, you pay up. on the detail of that journey By then you may be so fuzzy you get a fine in the mail. and a few weeks later Flash goes the speed camera of A Current Affair. Welcome to another week Hello. I'm Ray Martin. back behind the wheel of his car. control. Incredibly he was allowed

my very best friend growing up. because of an accident involving because that camera is placed there and I know I wasn't speeding I wasn't speeding that day by the same camera, at the same time. or thousands of others booked to Paul Hinson, Susan Colvin But that good news doesn't apply Sydney's Spit Bridge were fanciful. after proving speed readings at scored a victory A group of NSW bus drivers It's legalised theft. $18 million to 87,000 motorists. it was forced to repay more than in 19 speed cameras, discovered faults When the Victorian Government against it. and there's no real appeal the whole works your livelihood, your family, you can lose your job, now if you lose your licence Many of them lost their licences, is rece ving c plai ts e ry day about dodgy speeding fines. is receiving complaints every day from the Motorists Association Michael Lane A national review. So a national review? on the citizens of Australia. that they've imposed or lack of benefits and the ultimate benefits their calibration, their use into their placement, investigation into speed cameras, We're calling for a full That's right. And it took 18 months to overturn it? Still got fined. But you still got fined? Wrong town, yeah, not even there. Wrong town? Wrong car. Wrong car? all over a case of mistaken identity. and a $150,000 contract, He lost his licence, his job for Michael Beggs. And spare a thought I've got to say. and it's a bit of a handful of that, 147 kilometres today behind the wheel. even with a racing driver beh nd the wheel. But she proved it was impossible Datsun was booked at 160km/h. You may remember Vanessa Bridge's and said the alleged speed is 158. and so they knocked off 2km/h The detected speed was 160 where speed cameras make mistakes. but back to those blunders How he does it later, my strike rate is just over 83%. Australia wide, I've helped over 1,400 people Now so far in the last 18 months

they should be compensated. Ben Fordham with that story. Now to the tragedy that's cast a pall of grief over Australia and over our aid operation in Indonesia. As you've heard on the news, our Navy Sea King helicopters have been grounded after the weekend crash that killed nine young servicemen and women. Today Simon Bouda talked with the family of one of the victims as they paid an emotional tribute to their son. And he was a beautiful-looking young man, I just see him everywhere I look in the house. I see him and he's not gonna come back, which we haven't seen him since New Year's Eve and that's hard. Lieutenant Matthew Goodall loved his job, and if they've lost their licence and their points reallocated should have their fines refunded it was proven to be accurate right back to the last time Anybody who has been booked give me a call. If we know a mistake is made, an observer on board the Navy Sea King 'Shark Two'. if we consider them to be bogus. if we consider them to be unjust, these things to court We have the ability to start taking and they often do. consider extenuating circumstances, His other tactic is to insist courts on behalf of motorists. successfully challenge so many fines that have enabled Scott Cooper to in speed camera technology And it's the known flaws to the military and the airports. the only really sure ones belong of detection as well - It is quite a cheap method $167 million in Victoria. $365 million Australia-wide, is at the very least annual return on speeding fines What we do know is that the are kept secret by government. because conveniently official figures How much is anyone's guess, cash earners for governments. Speed cameras are lovely And why would they? They are not coming clean. I wasn't speeding. so that's why I know and I don't like driving up there just before the camera She was killed

He enjoyed the camaraderie of the job and he enjoyed the mateship there and he enjoyed being at sea and doing things when he was at sea. As parents, how proud were you that with the casualties of the Boxing Day disaster. FATHER: He had said that he had seen enough dead bodies to last him for a lifetime. We just wanted him to come home. Oh yes, we were happy for him to come home - very happy for him. Because he'd had enough, he'd seen so many bad things. His ship, the 'Kanimbla', was due home next week, but the Nias earthquake suddenly meant there was more work to be done. When he rang he was very disappointed but he said, "This is my job, Mum, "and there are some people out there who need help." And that is the way he was - he'd just be willing to make sure that everyone around him was happy and he would do everything he possibly could for them. Then, early on Sunday, came a knock at the door. MOTHER: The Navy came about 3:00 on Sunday morning. I think it's the worst morning of my life. Sorry about that. Yeah, but when that white car pulled up out the front and two chaps got out in uniform, I mean, you know. We only hope that it was very quick. He didn't burn. he was putting in up in Banda Aceh? I mean, oh, such a disaster. Immensely... Immensely proud. We're incredibly proud of him. Matt's parents, Doug and Christine, and his brother and sister, Ben and Elizabeth, last saw the 25-year-old waving from the back of the chopper just before he set sail from Sydney bound for the tsunami disaster zone. He rang us on his mobile from there and he said, "I see you over there, get some footage." He said, "I'm busy now, I've got to work." And that was it. MOTHER: He waved to us from the deck from the back hatch and he rang us and said, "Yes, it's me, Mum. "I'll see you later." And that was the last... Yeah, the last we saw of him. We weren't overly worried. I mean, it wasn't as though he was going to a war zone. Not a war zone, but just as devastating for Matt when he started dealing

I just, when we saw that scene, it was just smashed, absolutely smashed. We only hope that it was very quick for him. The family's emotions are still too raw to even think about the how or the why of the crash. I mean, we hear all the time about and what's happened to them. I really do feel for these people I think that's the big thing. pleased to see you. it's the kids who are really at the different pads I think when we go and land were doing up here in Indonesia. of the work he and the team He was proud too At least he was. He's Navy and damn proud of it. a leading seaman from NSW. Scott Bennett's It's a good thing. to be used in a role like this. SCOTT BENNETT: It's nice and he said it still made him cry. too many times He'd seen this sorry landscape across devastated Banda Aceh. for a sweep back and forth as we strapped in Scott Bennett assured me, It's strong and reliable, sing its praises. not too flash but the Navy boys the Sea King helicopter, It's an old, grey workhorse, crew lost at the weekend. as it happens, with some of the same on the Navy Sea King, to the 'Kanimbla' we spent a day flying back and forth not many weeks ago, When I was last in Aceh, should have a happy ending. Such great humanitarian work It's such a sad story, isn't it? Simon Bouda there. he was trained for. It was a role that and he was going about his job. He was our son who was going about his job. we see him as someone We don't see him as a true hero, now regarding them as true heroes. medals of honour, and the rest of the chopper crew Indonesia will award their son again to other crews on Sea Kings. just to make sure it doesn't happen what the problem was, if not to uncover at what's transpired, they will have a serious look we just hope that this time and we all know that, that transparency soon disappears, but when things get difficult, open and transparent inquiries

and helps relieve sore muscles. Ooh. It's cool to apply, soothes Watch! Available without prescription, (Groans) when it comes to pain relief, Um, you know, Ah, hello, there. (Groans) behind the wheel to do it again. but the law lets him get back three times over the alcohol limit A driver is caught OK, it's a crazy situation. who've lose loved ones. to all of the families joins us in sending condolences I'm sure the whole of Australia but didn't come home. who took off on their mercy mission and the others of Matt and Jonathan and Scotty of their loved ones Today they mourn the loss they look after each other. And like family, and that's what we've done. and we'll go and help the Australian spirit is there be it his car's broken down, be it bushfires, be it disaster, If your neighbour has a problem, the Australian spirit. I think it's just here is people getting together. The whole effort that you see around it's a big family On board the good ship 'Kanimbla' a bit like a lunar landing. on to the 'Kanimbla' carefully guiding a chopper in every direction, Scotty seemed to have an eye keeping everyone safe. and Scotty who rode shotgun, with lieutenants Jonathan King and Matt Goodall the day we flew, It was the regular crew sorted out and back on track again. Now they've got to get their lives

teenage daughter, how are you facing it, as teenage daughter, how are you have that. You have almost a Sean Penn? He promised me I always you had the protective custody of real life that you sometimes wish Do you ever get to a point in your custody. By Sean Penn. That's right. who is almost taken into protective the film you play an interpreter the film you play an interpreter threat I didn't hear? People do. In threat I didn't hear? People do. In making it up? Why would I report a threat I didn't hear? making it up? Why would I report a Definitely not. Do you think I'm we're quite at that stage, yet. a retirement village. I don't think a retirement village. I don't think I don't mean to make it sound like this is where, you know, I retire. this is where, you know, I retire. ease. And I hope that eventually the most sort of, I suppose, at It's always the place where I feel the most bankable stars in Hollywood. with the local girl who's now one of the crowd waiting to catch up where James Thomas was among long walk along the red carpet Nicole's just finished the 'The Interpreter'. of her latest movie, attending the world premiere for Nicole Kidman It's a big night out Wee!

say, you'd crashed into a car What would have happened 0- twice the legal limit. this time blowing .1, and he's breath-tested again, A speed camera catches him over the speed limit. and travels at 48 kilometres back in the car so, still drunk, he climbs who abused a family member, to get even with an inmate Dunnett claims he wants to go to jail to do it. I didn't have to hurt anyone someone and getting locked up. It's better than going and hurting Yeah, why not? of getting booked again? Deliberately? With the intention to it, I got in it and drove again. I went down to the car to walk from the police station, After I got home back behind the wheel. yet the law allowed him he blew 0.145, The first time he was breathylised and once for speeding. for drink-driving In one night, he was charged twice Paul Dunnett is a bloody idiot. and there's no excuse for it. in jeopardy, as well as his own, He has put other people's lives is, his reason really is irrelevant. Look, I don't care what his reason but there's a good reason behind it. Probably, yeah, a good chance of it, for the world's stupidest driver? Do you think you qualify take revenge on a paedophile. so he could, believe it or not, trying to get caught and sent to jail Now he claims he was deliberately hours later and did it all again. he got back behind the wheel a few in his blood, the proscribed amount of alcohol with nearly three times Booked for drink-driving he didn't kill somebody. This bloke is lucky Let's move on. James Thomas there on the red carpet. out of it, Mum. do and that I'm not cool and stay getting used to being told what to getting used to being told what to I'm just dealing with it. I'm years on you? They're already there. forward to having those rebellious facing it, as a mother, looking teenage daughter, how are you with a family and killed all of them? I'd have been really sad, wouldn't I? Then I probably would have thought about probably doing the same thing to meself. Wouldn't I? Wouldn't ya? You couldn't live with yourself if you did that to a little kid, or something like that. But didn't you put them at risk? Yes, probably. I don't know. I'm sure everyone's driven a point over the limit and put people's lives at risk. Drink drivers Drink drivers jump in their car and Drink drivers jump in their car and do it again on the same night. Generally, when they're Generally, wh n t ey' e Generally, when they're .15 or Generally, when they're .15 or over they're arrested. But under that the process now is that they're given a notice that roadside and told, they're given a notice not to not ce ot to drive notice not to drive for 24 hours, their licence is suspended for notice not to drive for 24 hours, their licence is suspended for 24 hours but more often than not, many people who disregard the law, many people do drive again. It's happAning happening because the authorities continue to fake the soft options. Harold Scruby from the Pedestrian Council says it's time to get tough with fools like Paul Dunnett. It's very simple - take their cars away, impound their cars, forfeit their cars and sell them off and pay their costs with the car, it works overseas, let's do it in Australia. The Police Union says a better option would be to take drink drivers' car keys off them for 24 hours. There's a lot of things that need to be looked at. Police can't be held liable for things that could happen to the vehicle while the keys are in possession. Then keys are in possession. Then certainly they just can't jump back in the car when the police are gone and drive it again. But with or without his keys, Paul has no regrets. Isn't this just an excuse, didn't you just get on a bender because you were just drunk? That's got nothing to do with it. No. got nothing to do with it. No. Can't you accept that most people will look at this and say that you're a bloody idiot and you got drunk and you're a bloody idiot and you got drunk and drove? I don't care what anybody thinks I did. I did it for a reason. Chris Allen there. Paul Dunnett will appear in two separate courts later this month facing charges of drink-driving, speeding and driving while disqualified. We'll let you know what happens. Coming up - everyday Aussies in a life-saving challenge to lose weight. Recently we met four everyday Aussies who took on a 30-day trial of different weight loss techniques. All of them wanted to shed some kilos but for one of the group, it really was a matter of life and death. Well, it's time for a progress report. I'm thinking that the old me is gone and out will come the new one. I knew it was going to be hard, but not as hard as this. Our four competitors are midway through their challenge... OK, we have to go down and up another couple of times. (Laughs) Oh, no. ..and they're not entirely happy. .and t ey're t ntirely happy. No, don't like it. We're two weeks in... So nice and long. ..and under sufferance, the kilos are dropping. So what's it going to be - more exercise? Guiding them through, dual Olympic rowing gold medallist Drew Ginn. It's probably the time where a lot of the questions are being asked about how much they actually want to have these healthy changes and I just hope that they stay motivated. 107! Now remember Melanie? 161kg at just 27 years of age. This is a matter of life and death for you. 161kg at just 27 years of age. This is a matter of life and death for you. And I've done everything that I can. I can't have worked any harder than what I've worked and this is what I get for it. Her challenge - to lose weight, surgically. At the Sydney Institute for Obesity, Dr James Ritchie. And we can now pass our telescope down that port. He's performing keyhole surgery to place a band around Melanie's stomach. Now if you overdo it, you're going to make yourself sick. And that's simply what happens? If you do eat too much you'll become sick? Yeah. An hour later and it's all over. Unfortunately you're three grams heavier than when you went in? Is that true? Is that true? It weighs about three grams. Feeling very good, very happy at the moment. We'll check back with Mel a little later. It's 6am, I'm just about to wake up Michael for a workout - a bit of boxing, he doesn't know it yet. Mike, get up. Come on, come on, come on, hey, hey, hey, hey. 6am, man, rise and shine. Personal trainer Ryan Vengetas has moved in with Michael Riso. He needed to. At 135kg his body was a temple to takeaway. All power - come on, go, go, go! Michael's challenge is to lose weight the old-fashioned way - diet and exercise. I wish I wasn't a smoker right at this moment. And Ryan reckons his charge can lose 30kg in 30 days. SONG: 'MACHO MAN' BY THE VILLAGE PEOPLE So far he's lost 9kg. I haven't lost any weight with these pills that I've been taking. The news isn't as good for Mary. At 84kg, she's the typical Aussie woman just wanting to lose a bit of weight. She turned to diet pills as a last option. I don't know what to do next, There's no magic pill, Mary, unfortunately, it's all about hard work, it's about exercising and eating right and getting enough rest. So we've brought in Teresa Cutter. We're almost there, we're almost there - c'mon. She's known as 'The Healthy Chef'... So if you want toast, put something like a nice hommus and some sliced tomato on that, you know what I mean? . and one unfo giving ..and one unforgiving fitness trainer. I just hope tomorrow when she's not here I can still do it. And Teresa's a shocker cleaning out your pantry. I'll take that and I'll take that. Out of sight, out of mind. I'd be throwing out all this stuff - too much sugar. We sent her over to Bryce's place too. When I do the washing, there's lolly papers in his school pockets. Mum Tina is desperate to help her 12-year-old boy. In his short life, he's piled on 103kg. This will feed a family of six, it's so huge. But it's so good for him, you know? It's lean, it's low in fat, it's fantastic. Teresa is giving new ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner and introducing foods they have never even seen. What's that? This is called a red papaya. As well, Bryce has joined a gym, and enrolled in a federally funded program called Teen Heal, where kids come for one reason. For Bryce, he's down 5kg. But what about Mel and that stomach band? Well, after two weeks, the results are stunning. About 14kg, I've lost. She's exercising and the puree machine is getting a hiding. For the first time, I'm working hard and seeing results. Brady Halls will bring us a final report card from that intriguing challenge in a couple of weeks. We'll come back in a moment. 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That story tomorrow night, along with our special investigation into how average teenagers are being encouraged to run away and paid to stay away by the Government. Bureaucrats stripping parents of their rights and tearing families apart. See you tomorrow night.