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Motorists saving money and lives by keeping to the speed limit

Friday, 22nd Feb 2019

Speed camera fines have fallen by almost 50,000 – or 25 per cent - in the past three years, according to figures obtained by RAA.

However, the number of motorists caught on camera running red lights remains almost unchanged during the same period, police figures show.

The state’s leading motoring body has welcomed the significant fall in speeding fines, saying it not only saved motorists money, but more importantly reduced their risk of crashing.

The latest available police figures on casualty crashes in metropolitan Adelaide show the number has fallen by more than 6 per cent, falling from 4,349 in 2015 to 4,079 in 2017.

“It’s a positive story to see more motorists sticking to the speed limit and making the streets safer for all road users,’’ RAA Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain said.

“Fines can be expensive so paying attention to the speed limit is not only good for your safety but also your hip pocket.’’

Police figures show almost 200,000 speeding motorists were caught on fixed and mobile cameras and fined $58.3 million in 2016, but fewer than 150,000 drivers were caught and fined $45.9 million last year.

In contrast, red light fines generated by cameras fell by less than 2 per cent – down from 33,402 in 2016 to 32,810 last year.

Mr Mountain warned that red light running, like speeding, could have catastrophic consequences.

He said red-light fines should be treated the same way as speeding fines and the revenue used to improve road infrastructure to cut crashes and save lives.

“The $15 million generated by red-light camera fines last year could significantly reduce road trauma,’’ Mr Mountain said.

“RAA is urging the State Government to spend the red-light fine money on black spot projects because these reduce fatal and injury crashes by 30 per cent on average.’’

 

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