Cam­era cash cow

$90m in fines over three months


RED-LIGHT and speed cam­eras nabbed 3862 mo­torists a day over the last three months of 2017, col­lect­ing $91.8 mil­lion from lead­foots across the state.

New data re­leased by the Depart­ment of Jus­tice and Reg­u­la­tion show there were 355,394 in­fringe­ments is­sued in Vic­to­ria be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber last year, rak­ing in mil­lions.

The Princes High­way has now be­come one of the state’s worst stretches for speed­ing driv­ers af­ter four of the highly vis­i­ble cam­eras on the road scored in the top 10 for fines.

Depart­ment of Jus­tice and Reg­u­la­tion spokes­woman Ash­leigh Brown said cam­eras played an im­por­tant role in de­ter­ring dan­ger­ous driv­ing and re­duc­ing road trauma.

“Most driv­ers do the right thing and stick to the speed limit but un­for­tu­nately there are still too many peo­ple risk­ing their lives and the lives of other mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans,” she said. “We know speed­ing and in­ap­pro­pri­ate speeds di­rectly con­trib­ute to at least 30 per cent of deaths on Vic­to­ria’s roads each year and, for th­ese rea­sons, max­i­mum speed lim­its ex­ist and are en­forced through­out Vic­to­ria.

“Only those who are break­ing the law are fined, so the eas­i­est way to avoid re­ceiv­ing a fine is to stick to the speed limit.”

The state’s two most no­to­ri­ous cam­eras, at the in­ter­sec­tion of War­ri­gal Rd and Bates­ford Rd in Chad­stone and the in­ter­sec­tion of Fitzroy St and Lake­side Drive in St Kilda, con­tin­ued to st­ing more driv­ers than any­where else.

Both cam­eras are in 40kmh zones and col­lected more than $4.9 mil­lion from 20,296 fines.

Over­all, red-light and speed­ing of­fences were up 24.3 per cent in Vic­to­ria com­pared to the last quar­ter. There was a 3.1 per cent de­crease in fines over­all when com­pared with the last three months of 2016.

Spots new to the top 10 in­cluded the West Gate Free­way in Brook­lyn and the in­ter­sec­tion of North and Clay­ton roads in Oak­leigh East.

Bel­lar­ine Penin­sula hol­i­day-mak­ers may have been stung twice with thou­sands of fines, adding up to more than $2.2 mil­lion, is­sued on the Mel­bourne and Gee­long-bound lanes of the Princes Free­way at Lara.

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