Pilbara police have praised Port Hedland drivers for changing their behaviour following the use of a multanova in town which caught nearly 300 people speeding this month. The mobile camera — commonly referred to as a multanova — was brought up to the Pilbara for the first time in three years and resulted in 290 drivers being pinged for exceeding the speed limit while in Port Hedland. The camera was situated primarily on Murdoch Drive in South Hedland, where 11 per cent of speeders were caught. Pilbara District traffic co-ordinator Ian Morris said a small minority were vocal about the cameras being a form of revenue raising but overwhelmingly the response from the community was positive. “The volume of traffic that sits at high speeds has dropped back, a lot of people said they were not worried about a fine but if you are going 10 kilometres over the limit you will get two demerit points,” he said. “In general it was perceived really positively, on social media it was probably fifty-fifty and around town people told me they would like to see it more often.” Sgt Morris said about five per cent of Hedland drivers were found to be speeding. He said there were plans to use it again in Hedland, Karratha and possibly other Pilbara towns. “We will get the multanova up but we certainly won’t advertise it,” Sgt Morris said. “It could be in the near future or it could be after Christmas but we will use it until we get the amount that are over the speed limit down. “The amount of traffic particularly in Karratha is a little bit dangerous for police if we are stepping out and doing it by our own hand-held lasers.” South Hedland Police officer in charge Senior Sergeant Gordon Armstrong said the mobile camera was received well by the community. “It was effective and there were a fair few people who were caught,” he said. “It was well taken by the community as people were quite aware of it and overall the sentiment was positive in town.” On its first day of use in Karratha 201 vehicles were captured going over the speed limit.