SPEED CAMERAS DELIVER CASH BONANZA FOR BAIRD

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The Baird Government pocketed more than $178 million in fines from speed and red light cameras in the last financial year – a 66 per cent increase over the last four years.

According to the latest Office of State Revenue data, mobile speed camera revenue has seen the highest growth – skyrocketing 142 per cent in the last financial year.

Revenue from red light/speed cameras has also shot up 17 per cent in the last financial year. 

The Liberals have pocketed more than $568 million in revenue from 2.7 million red light and speed camera fines over the last four years.

At the same time, the latest NSW Road Toll Statistics show a tragic 12 per cent increase in deaths in comparison to this time last year.

Last year the Baird Government significantly increased the number of hours mobile speed cameras are operating from 930 hours per month to 7,000 – an increase of 650 per cent.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minster for Roads Jodi McKay

“This is a phenomenal jump in revenue from cameras and further proof that the Baird Government is treating motorists like cash cows.”

“Road safety has to be more than just putting up a speed camera and mailing a fine to motorists weeks after the incident has occurred.”

“We need to focus on high-visibility policing, warning notices and more speed monitoring signs to encourage motorists to change their behaviour before they put themselves and other in harm’s way.”