Mike Stevens | Nov 14, 2011

New South Wales motoring body NRMA is calling on the state government to make better use of the hundreds of millions of dollars in traffic fine revenue it rakes in each year.

NRMA President Wendy Machin said that more than 13,500 motorists have signed a petition seeking a review of the current use of road revenue, which is expected to exceed $300 million this year.

"The most effective way to end the debate around the validity of speed cameras in NSW is to redirect all fines back into keeping people safe on our roads," Ms Machin said.

"It is being done to some extent in other states and it's time we did the same here in NSW."

The Police Association of NSW has partnered with the NRMA on the issue, and both parties are calling for 40 percent of revenue from traffic fines to be used in recruiting 200 highway patrol officers.

The remaining 60 percent should be invested into road improvements and road safety education, the two groups said.

"The best way to stop speeding drivers is through a more visible presence of highway patrol officers on our roads, and government policy needs to reflect that," Police Association of NSW President Scott Weber said.

"Sending someone a ticket in the mail three weeks later is no way to prevent them from speeding. Only a highly skilled highway patrol officer can crack down on speeding as well as other dangerous behaviours such as reckless driving, drink-driving and not wearing a seatbelt."

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