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.