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NSW 'gouging' motorists' pockets with speed cameras

22 November, 2012

The NSW government is gouging the pockets of motorists by rolling out more mobile speed cameras, the opposition says.

Opposition roads spokesman Ryan Park said NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has broken a promise not to use mobile speed cameras as revenue-raisers, after the government made record revenues in its first year.
He said in 2011/12, the state government has reaped $3.61 million in revenue from mobile speed cameras, more than double what was brought in the previous year.
"In opposition, Mr O'Farrell said mobile speed cameras were revenue-raisers, but now he is using them to gouge record amounts of money out of the pockets of motorists," Park said in a statement.
Park said those revenues will only increase once 109 new fixed speed cameras and 42 mobile speed cameras are rolled out, along with increased hours mobile speed cameras operate.
"Clearly this is a desperate grab for cash at the expense of motorists."
Source: AAP

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dave d | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 10:09 AM
Park, you are a idiot of the worst kind - simple if you don't speed you don't get fined -what do you suggest we remove all the speed traps and let everyone run rampant -you obviously have never had a family member involved in a accident caused by speed - and you reckon you are representing the general public - God help us !!
Tom | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 10:11 AM
Speed cameras are only revenue raisers if you break the speed limit, if everybody sticks to the speed limit we could really screw the goverment, so thanks to the idiots breaking the speed limit for propping the economy!
Vernie | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 10:15 AM
Remind me again how much the mobile speed camera fine is if you are not speeding?
ChadinCQ | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 10:43 AM
What more can be said... go to www.aussiespeedingfines.com.au and stop taking pineapples.
Reuben | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 11:10 AM
It really is a simple equation. The only way to slow down the speeders is hit them in the hip pocket nerve!
Jay B | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 3:24 PM
Clear open road big enough to land a Jumbo on aspeed limit set low and get fined 100 for 10 k over an already low limit.Not dangerous not a problem.Just give us money.
dave d | Friday, November 23, 2012, 12:10 PM
Jay B - What can I say other than my original statement - you obviously have not lost a loved one to a speeding motorist who has lost control - hope you never do - unfortunately people like you only wake up when it does happen.The saddest thing about it is - I bet every one of those involved in a fatality thought that they could handle "just Ten K's" more than the speed limit -just like you !!
Dan K | Friday, November 30, 2012, 7:22 AM
dave d - You obviously don't realise that excessive speed is only a factor in around 5% of fatal crashes. Look up the stats, it's all there. Fine people $1000 for going 5k over, the road toll will not change. I'm truly sorry if you have lost someone in a motoring accident and even though the offending person may have been going 5 or 10k over, the reality is that they were probably not paying attention at the same time. Inattentive drivers are the killers on our roads, not people driving 10k over the 'limit'.
dave d | Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 1:35 PM
Dan K - Only 5% you say that quite flippantly - do you actually realise what you are saying -if one life was spared due to a speed camera - it would be well worth it. What you are endorsing is that it is ok for people to die providing someone can get to their destination a minute or Two quicker - to be honest - I don't know what to say to you - I just find that really ,really disappointing.