One state has reportedly raised more than a billion dollars from speeding fines over the past three years.
Sydneysiders handed over $3,867,598 in one year thanks to a single camera.
The law, famously, is an arse, but when it comes to speed cameras, it’s a differently shaped arse (although still a stinky one) depending on which State you live in.
In NSW, for example, the authorities believe speed cameras should be used to slow people down at black spots. Recently appointed Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey, says people don’t like the “sneaky” approach of hiding cameras and they are more effective if they are located, and clearly marked, at black spots, thus forcing people to slow down.
NSW State Governments have, in the past, suggested they would only put cameras in known black spots, but then they went and put them in the Lane Cove Tunnel before it had even opened, somewhat defying their own logic.
The incredible thing about those tunnel cameras, however, is that despite being clearly signed and very easy to avoid being caught by, the Lane Cove and Cross City Tunnel devices are all among the State’s top 10 revenue earners.
People in NSW, clearly, are not making the most of the advantages they’re being given.
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Residents of Victoria, commonly known as the Police State, are treated with a different approach, according to Road Safety Camera Commissioner John Voyage, who says he doesn’t understand the NSW approach at all.
“I don’t understand the psychology, because the limit is the law, and trying to drive around speed cameras is simply flouting the law,” Mr Voyage says.
“If people don’t know where the cameras are, they have to assume they could be anywhere, and then they have to stick to the limit at all times.
“It’s best if people just stick to the legal speed, but somehow someone’s always calling it revenue raising. You just can’t please the populace.”