So why aren’t they used more for these offences, rather than just speeding offences?
We asked police and transport departments in several states for statistics on offences from TruCAM II units and were either told the figures were not available or would take days/weeks to acquire.
We will update this article if they ever arrive.
Many police departments now have TruCAM II devices but some don’t divulge their technology.
Victoria and Queensland Police said they do not use the devices which cost about $A36,000 (£20,000, $US25,000) per unit.
While the units could be a friend to riders, more often than not they seem to be their foe.
Some of their abilities specifically target riders including its “rear-plate mode” which measures the speed of an approaching motorcycle (or other vehicle with a missing or obscured front plate) and tracks it as it passes so that it captures the number plate.
The images are highly accurate to 150m and at speeds up to 320km/h.
Manufacturers Laser Technology Inc (LTI) say the device will detect any vehicle, capturing its make, model and registration plate.