Mike Stevens | Oct 8, 2009

IN ITS FIRST WEEK of operation, a new fixed speed camera in Queensland has caught more than 550 speeding motorists.

Located on the Gold Coast Highway in Labrador, the new fixed speed camera - the sixth in South-East Queensland - has been in operation since September 28.

Queensland Police Minister, Neil Roberts said that 62,269 vehicles had passed the speed camera since it was switched on, with a total of 553 motorists detected speeding.

"The highest speed recorded in this time was 108kmh in a 60kmh zone - that's almost 50kmh above the speed limit," Mr Roberts said.

Mr Roberts said the location had been chosen because of its history as the site of numerous accidents.

"This site at Labrador, as with all fixed speed camera sites, was chosen because of a history of speed-related crashes in recent years.

"From 2002 to 2006, there were 35 crashes, of which 30 required occupants to be hospitalised."

Another camera along the Gold Coast Highway, in Broadbeach, has detected 1336 speeding motorists from 219,081 passing vehicles. The cameras has been active since August 31.

Other fixed speed camera sites in South East Queensland include Kangaroo Point, Burpengary, Tarragindi and Redwood.

New cameras are due to be installed on the Warrego Highway in Muirlea, Nicklin Way in Warana and the Sunshine Motorway in Mooloolaba.

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