In budget related news the CT has this interesting piece on how a $10 increase in the fines from Traffic Infringement Notices (TIN’s) and court fines will be levied towards a soon to be amalgamated Victims of Crime Co-ordinator’s office and Victims Services Schemes. While getting law breakers to fund victim of crime support services is an idea I applaud surely a more just method would be to use assets seized using the current proceeds of crime legislation (perhaps funding that area to be able to do more with it?) and/or substantially increasing court fines, hitting those sectors of the community that actually commit serious crimes.
Likewise the analysis of the increase of funds from TIN’s, due in the main from the increase in the number of speed cameras, shows no indication that they expect the cameras to have any deterrent effect of driver behaviour. Along with no apparent driver education initiatives is seems that speed cameras (and certain outcome agreements â€“ heaven forbid that they be called quotas â€“ with the ACT Police) are designed to supply a steady source of Government funding rather than have any meaningful reduction in the number of motor vehicle accidents and therefore insurance costs, injury and loss of life in the ACT.