Red-light runners generate more than $1.5 million in fines

Michael Weaver 12 May 2020 47
Red light camera

There are 13 red light cameras in the ACT collecting more than $1.5 million a year in fines. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

ACT Policing issued more than 3,438 fines in 2019 for drivers not obeying red lights at intersections, resulting in more than $1.5 million in fines from red-light cameras.

A further 842 infringements and warnings were issued as a result of fixed cameras at intersections detecting drivers ignoring red lights.

The intersection at Northbourne Avenue and London Circuit accounted for more than 40 per cent of fines (1450 fines), almost double the number caught running the red light at the intersection of Canberra Avenue, Captain Cook Crescent and Manuka Circle (805 fines).

The fine for not stopping for a red light is $451 and the loss of three demerit points, meaning Northbourne Avenue-London Circuit intersection generated more than $650,000 of revenue in fines last year.

The intersection at Barry Drive and Marcus Clarke Street accounted for 261 fines for drivers.

The Drakeford Drive, Boddington Crescent, Marconi Crescent intersection at Kambah caught 199 drivers, while fixed cameras caught a further 157 drivers at the Hindmarsh Drive and Tuggeranong Parkway intersection.

Other hot spots include the intersection of Canberra Avenue, Hindmarsh Drive and Newcastle Street at Fyshwick (145 fines) and the intersection of Ginninderra Drive and Coulter Drive at Belconnen (109 fines).

The Hindmarsh Drive/Yamba Drive intersection and the Hindmarsh Drive/Ball Street also saw more than 100 fines issued.

There are 13 red-light cameras in the ACT.

ACT Policing’s officer-in-charge of traffic operations Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said every one of the offences could have resulted in catastrophic injuries.

“From a road safety perspective, it is disappointing that, on average, more than 11 drivers a day last year were caught ignoring red lights,” said Detective Station Sergeant Boorman, adding that ACT Policing’s traffic focus for May is drivers not obeying red lights at intersections.

“Every time a driver fails to stop for a red light there is the real chance they will collide with a pedestrian or vehicle that has the green light. Red lights are not negotiable. You must stop for every red light – for your own safety and that of all other road users.

“My message is simple. Do not risk it. Pay attention when driving, be prepared for lights to change and stop every time for the red,” Detective Station Sergeant Boorman said.

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47 Responses to Red-light runners generate more than $1.5 million in fines
Christine Jones Christine Jones 5:32 pm 21 May 20

Target Gungahlin - outside the Police tation is rife!

Michael Duggan Michael Duggan 11:35 am 15 May 20

Or kill or maim someone

Carole Ford Carole Ford 8:16 pm 13 May 20

Oh yeah, a red light runner lead recovery!!

Archie Mac Archie Mac 4:19 pm 13 May 20

Revenue raising at its best

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 5:01 pm 13 May 20

    Archie Mac it’s only revenue raising because people are running red lights! There can be no excuse for running a red. Noting to get done you need to actually cross the hold line after the light has turned red.

    Archie Mac Archie Mac 5:48 pm 13 May 20

    Ashley Wright I understand how they work

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 8:14 pm 13 May 20

    Archie Mac so how is it revenue raising? Nothing the normal use of that expression.

    Archie Mac Archie Mac 8:31 pm 13 May 20

    Ashley Wright pretty obvious I would have thought

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 9:29 pm 13 May 20

    Archie Mac obviously it isn’t.

Peter McDonald Peter McDonald 2:21 pm 13 May 20

It’s a trap for trucks doing 40kmh.

Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 12:53 pm 13 May 20

With that revenue you could almost invest in red light cameras on most intersections in Canberra, then all that revenue for the additional cameras could bring in more funding for more my budgeting bad, or what?

Liz Hampton Liz Hampton 11:20 am 13 May 20

What about people that slow down for a green light so everyone else gets stuck at a red? It’s not like they carrying sticks of gelignite

Lynn Stape Lynn Stape 10:22 am 13 May 20

Just a thought but if they raise the fine then they can raise more money... I mean if people choose to donate to the coffers in this fashion why should we stop them doing so... book em, fine em and get the money is my motto... have a nice safe day folks...

Wade Bermingham Wade Bermingham 9:31 am 13 May 20

How many accidents though

Gregg Heldon Gregg Heldon 8:03 am 13 May 20

Everyone knows where the cameras are. Everyone should know what a red light is. You have a choice. Obey the law or get fined and lose a few points.

    Julie Maynard Julie Maynard 1:31 pm 13 May 20

    Gregg Heldon it’s really not that hard hey!

    Gregg Heldon Gregg Heldon 1:49 pm 13 May 20

    Julie Maynard no. If you feel the need to risk life and by going through a red light, there's heaps that don't have cameras on them.

    If you can't wrap your head around that, you really are thick and deserve to be fined.

Lin Van Oevelen Lin Van Oevelen 7:07 am 13 May 20

Interesting that most are at very busy intersections. I'm sure some of these fines would've been for people just ignoring lights, but I bet most are those who think they can make it through the orange and miscalculate.

There is a lot of pressure to go through the orange in peak hour at busy intersections, especially on Northbourne. And especially if you're turning right and cars behind you are blocking traffic going straight because the turn lanes are too short.

Rules are rules and the fines are justified, but it doesn't mean there's thousands of people just fanging it through the red.

Darron Marks Darron Marks 11:14 pm 12 May 20

If you really wanted to deter people running red light you would put up more signage before the intersection that there is a red light/speed camera.

This is also a speed camera prevention of an offence is better than generation of revenue.

    Adam Butchart Adam Butchart 7:40 am 13 May 20

    Darron Marks so by your logic, you only abide by the rules if you think you’re going to get caught if you break them? Then by the same logic it’s fine to run red lights where there are no signs and cameras...

    Darron Marks Darron Marks 8:46 am 13 May 20

    Everytime someone runs a red light is the potential for a serious accident. Obviously this is a particularly dangerous intersection due to the need for it having a speed and red light camera.

    So if people are still running this red light consistently we should be putting up more signage in order to prevent this from happening in the first place.

    Your assumption that I am somehow in favor of people running red lights is a strawman argument. I mean nothing of the sort prevention is always better than revenue.

    Wayne Gartner Wayne Gartner 10:47 am 13 May 20

    I know the stove is hot. Dont need a sign to tell me not to touch

    Darron Marks Darron Marks 11:20 am 13 May 20

    My argument still stands this specific speed/red light camera doesn't have much in the way of warning signage leading up to the intersection. I am therefore inferring that the considerable income generated is more to do with the lack of warning signage.

    I am not saying there isn't any signage I am just pointing out that obviously it isn't very effective so more signage that stands out more is obviously required.

    So if we want to discourage this behaviour we should look at increasing the signage. The revenue generated is a clear indication more needs to be done to prevent this behaviour in the future.

    This is in no way a justification or post that supports that people should speed or run redlights. It is a simple reflection on the fact stated that more needs to be done to discourage this behaviour at this specific intersection.

    Darron Marks Darron Marks 11:29 am 13 May 20

    This sign maybe needs to be updated to make it standout more. And maybe a sign closer to the red light cameras ?

    It isn't like we don't have enough money generated by these infringements that we cannot invest in better signage ?

    Darron Marks Darron Marks 11:35 am 13 May 20

    Something like this for example

    Drew Eppelstun Drew Eppelstun 1:33 pm 13 May 20

    Darron Marks it’s a red light mate. Why is signage needed at all?!

    Darron Marks Darron Marks 1:54 pm 13 May 20

    Drew why do they install signage at all if your theory is that we all inherently should not need signage.

    It is a deterrent from adverse behaviour. I am not a sociologist as to my signage is needed at all.

    But given the revenue generated it is pretty obvious more signage might reduce the frequency of people running that red light.

    Anthony Putland Anthony Putland 6:19 pm 14 May 20

    Drew Eppelstun because people are running it in record numbers... It's not rocket science.

    Darron Marks Darron Marks 9:19 pm 14 May 20

    I know it is pretty basic logic not very difficult to work out that maybe it might be best to you know put up a bigger or better sign 🙄

Qaiser Shahzad Qaiser Shahzad 10:51 pm 12 May 20

Easiest way to make a million.

Ibrahim Mansuri Ibrahim Mansuri 10:23 pm 12 May 20

Hakkı Gökalp Üstün you equate to half

Tim Hutch Tim Hutch 10:21 pm 12 May 20

We need more red light cameras. Canberra drivers don't seem to care about the road rules unless someone is watching.

Mark Beech Mark Beech 10:05 pm 12 May 20

Haha. I love these stories. Kinda makes me laugh every time. Thanks must go to all those people who are kind enough to donate their money to the police. It is very easy to wait at red lights. Don’t go through and you don’t get fined. Really simple!

    Lynn Stape Lynn Stape 10:23 am 13 May 20

    exactly, I almost made the same comment a minute ago lol

    Helen Beech Helen Beech 9:51 pm 14 May 20

    Mark Beech - that made me laugh! Have you always had this philosophy?

    Mark Beech Mark Beech 10:04 pm 14 May 20

    hahaha. Looks like the system works. No tickets for almost two decades!

    Helen Beech Helen Beech 10:06 pm 14 May 20

    Mark Beech - that was a good lesson learnt then. Well done x

Darcy Ryan Darcy Ryan 9:30 pm 12 May 20

Did any of these automatic fines help reduce the road toll.... or did it just raise revenue.

    Chris Corcoran Chris Corcoran 9:36 pm 12 May 20

    Darcy Ryan if they got a fine, they jumped the light, which would increase the risk of an accident. So the imposition of a specific fine cannot reduce the death toll in its self, because the offence, which could result in a fatal accident has already taken place. However, if having received a fine they changed their behaviour, then the fine may have contributed to reducing the death toll.

    Rod Bransgrove Rod Bransgrove 9:12 am 13 May 20

    Darcy Ryan who cares. You run you pay. 😆

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