Driv­ers slugged $1.4m

MO­TORISTS BE­ING TREATED LIKE CASH COWS, SAYS OP­PO­SI­TION

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

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.”

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