Motorists exceeding the speed limit in New South Wales will be seven times more likely to be caught by a mobile roadside speed camera from next month.
In an ongoing move to increase enforcement camera use, the number of mobile road side cameras will leap from the six currently in operation, to 45.
According to a report from Redflex, the Australian company responsible for providing the cameras in NSW, camera operating hours will blow out from 930 hours per month to 7000 hours per month.
The list of potential locations for mobile road side cameras will also increase dramatically: following the auditor general’s report in 2011, a list of 500 locations was compiled.
A full list of current and future speed camera locations in NSW can be found here (link opens in new window).
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the cameras will focus on “a combination of high accident zones as well as areas where the community have asked us to put one”.
But the cries of “revenue raising” are never far away, with figures revealing that over half of all speeding fines issued in NSW are for offences in the lowest category; 0-10 km/h over the speed limit.
Less than 1% of fines issued have been for speeds greater than 30km/h over the speed limit.
Opposition Roads Spokesman Ryan Park responded to Mr Gay, claiming the state government is “picking on motorists doing very very low speeds above the speed limit”.
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