Drivers slugged $1.4m
MOTORISTS BEING TREATED LIKE CASH COWS, SAYS OPPOSITION
MT Druitt and St Marys motorists were slugged with almost $1.4 million in fines last year because of speed cameras.
Just one fixed speed camera in St Marys has racked up more than $750,000 in speed fines between July 2014 and June 2015.
The speed camera on Mamre Rd, nabbed 3460 southbound speeding drivers with a total of $755,596 in fines issued during the 12month period.
Four fixed cameras in St Marys and Mt Druitt collected $1,298,714 in speeding fines for the same period.
While mobile speed cameras in the area raked in $95,533 in fines, a mobile speed camera in Colyton has been dubbed the “most snapped” in NSW with 1529 offences and $273,841 in fines.
Opposition spokeswoman for roads Jodie McKay accused the State Government of treating motorists like “cash cows” after it was revealed the hours of opera- tion for mobile speed cameras in NSW had risen from 930 hours a month to 7000.
“This is a phenomenal jump in revenue from cameras and further proof that the Baird government is treating motorists like cash cows,” Ms McKay said.
“Road safety has to be more than just putting up a speed camera and mailing a fine to motorists weeks after the incident occurred.”
NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said cameras were not the key to long-term change.
“What is more alarming (than the amount of money) is the number of people being booked by police,” Mr Khoury said.
“All the research tells us that highway patrols are the best way to change driver behaviour.”
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the cameras made the state’s roads safer.
“Speed is the biggest killer on our roads,” Mr Gay. “We only put speed cameras where there is a known road safety risk.
“What’s more, we review every speed camera across NSW every year, to ensure they’re doing their job and improving safety. I make no apology for the road toll being the lowest since 1923 last year.”