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Speed camera revenue soars as almost 1 million drivers are caught

Money collected from the program is put back into the program and into road safety.

In his response to the question on notice, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the government “use[s] speed cameras to save lives, not to make money”.

Mr Bailey said speed cameras were a key part of the state government’s efforts to reduce the road toll and manage speed across the road network.

In recent months, police have pleaded with motorists to slow down on quieter roads, after a spike in the state’s death toll during the pandemic lockdown.

In 2016-17, a total of 674,819 infringement notices were issued to drivers from the camera program for a revenue figure of $132.8 million.

In the following financial year, the infringement figure rose to 830,062 for a revenue of $166.1 million.

The number of infringements issued in 2018-19 jumped again, up to 951,195 with camera fines raking in $191.6 million.

“… Every fine issued is to an offender who is doing the wrong thing,” Mr Bailey said in his response.

“These cameras are installed to prevent deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

“The research clearly shows that they do just that. Monash University Accident Research Centre published results in 2018 where it estimated that the CDOP was associated with an overall reduction of 2500 casualty crashes during 2016.”

Revenue figures for the relatively new offence of using a mobile phone while driving were not yet available.

Mr Bailey said the state government was trialling new camera technology, already being used in NSW, that could catch drivers using their phones in their hands or laps.

Mr Minnikin said the Labor government “seems more concerned with revenue-raising than improving road safety”.

“Labor is leeching off Queensland motorists with $25.5 million increase in speed camera fines in 2018/19 and a 19.4 per cent increase in rego since 2015,” he said.

Mr Minnikin said the LNP would commit to “more high-visibility policing, more on-the-spot enforcement, ‘camera in use’ signs and published camera locations”.

“It’s much better to deter speeding before it happens than to issue offenders with fines they only receive three weeks later,” he said.

Mr Bailey said the LNP planned to “get rid of all covert speed cameras in Queensland despite the evidence that they are preventing deaths on our roads”.

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