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Tax on stupidity rakes in the cash – Speed cameras bring in millions more

By johnboy - 26 July 2009 136

I love people who speed. It’s entirely discretionary and yet they choose to provide millions of dollars a year to the community to fund schools, hospitals, and the sprawling semi-competent ACT Public Service.

The Canberra Times reports that better placement of speed cameras has given the generous leadfoots even greater opportunities to contribute.

    THE TOTAL speed camera revenue in the ACT has jumped 45 per cent in a year to $14.5 million with the addition of lucrative new speeding hot spots.

    A stretch of the Monaro Highway at Hume is proving to be a profitable speed trap for the ACT Government with two new speed cameras there alone generating $3million in fines last financial year.

So where else could these marvellous cash cows be usefully deployed?

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Tax on stupidity rakes in the cash – Speed cameras bring in millions more
Woody Mann-Caruso 3:22 pm 26 Jul 09

a stretch of the Monaro Highway at Hume is proving to be a profitable speed trap

I love it when dumb-ar.es speed toward this camera, slow down, then speed past – completely oblivious to the van operating on the side of the road near the Mugga Lane lights that already snapped their plates.

monomania 3:01 pm 26 Jul 09

Horrid said :

The “speeding doesn’t cause accidents” manatra is the chant of the terminally stupid.

Simple Fact: no matter how alert, competent, quick reacting, concentrating etc etc you are, the faster you are going, the less time you have to avoid a crash if anything goes wrong. Being above or below the speed limit is all too often the difference between stopping/taking avoiding action in time or too late. Speeding may not cause the potential accident, but it is often the difference between having it or not.

Of course this presupposes that the nominated speed limit is matched to that particular piece of road. Lots of 80’s could be safely driven at 90 etc. I speed at times when I believe it is safe for others and my pocket and accept that if I get fined it is a drivers tax. I might change my behavior when I get up to 6 points simply to ensure my licence.

Using your logic we should still be driving at walking speed or do you accept some level of risk?

The fact that such a large number of drivers are caught shows that we aren’t all anally retentive on soma.

lobster 2:39 pm 26 Jul 09

“The speeding does cause accidents” is a mantra for arrogant self important tossers.

The number of accidents in ACT has only gone up since speed cameras have been introduced.
So, they aren’t working.

If you are one of those “Every K over is a killer” people who believes that the government scientifically formulates speed limits to be JUST under the kill threshold you are a brainless sheep.

I don’t think that you should be allowed to go as fast as you want everywhere.

I just think that speed cameras aren’t the answer.

Getting a fine in the mail a month after you sped does not slow you down.

If the police pulled you over for speeding, you could at least justify why you were speeding to the officer why you were speeding before getting fined.
Then if they did fine you, you would actually slow down afterwards.

cranky 2:36 pm 26 Jul 09

No, lets not let road safety muddy the waters.

Just impose an unrealistically low speed limit, and let human nature take care of the exchequer.

We have had a number of comments on these pages regarding the imposition of fines for about 8k’s over the limit on the Monaro in the 80 zone. Funnily, no reports of fines from the 100k zone cameras on the same road. (and no mention in the CT article either).

Like shooting ducks in a barrel really.

Horrid 2:31 pm 26 Jul 09

The “speeding doesn’t cause accidents” manatra is the chant of the terminally stupid.

Simple Fact: no matter how alert, competent, quick reacting, concentrating etc etc you are, the faster you are going, the less time you have to avoid a crash if anything goes wrong. Being above or below the speed limit is all too often the difference between stopping/taking avoiding action in time or too late. Speeding may not cause the potential accident, but it is often the difference between having it or not.

johnboy 2:21 pm 26 Jul 09

Who cares about road safety, it’s a working model for discretionary taxation.

Millions of dollars that people choose to pay. Reducing the burden on those who choose not to.

housebound 2:16 pm 26 Jul 09

Anyone see ACA this week? There was something about how Victoria’s calibration certificates were signed off by a non-existent company.

The article also mentions that 2000+ challenges were successful. (They didn’t say whether this incldes people transfering blame)

lobster 2:05 pm 26 Jul 09

So… with all these fines going out, I assume the ACT fatality rate is the lowest that it has ever been?

Wrong.
Speed cameras atually don’t slow people down.
And on top of that – speed isn’t the cause of most accidents anyway.

mred 1:57 pm 26 Jul 09

Point to point speed camera’s will definitely slow down the parkway, most people still average 115+.

Deckard 1:57 pm 26 Jul 09

I always thought that the speed camera locations were so well signposted that they couldn’t possibly be revenue raisers. Obviously I’ve underestimated the ability of people to drive with their head up their arse. Although I think most of the money would come from the traffic light cameras. They don’t seem to be as ‘advertised’ as much as the speed only cameras.

Cameras in school zones sound like a good idea but I the problem is that people tend to watch their speedo a bit more when driving past a camera, taking their eyes away from looking out for any kids.

Accident blackspots would be a good idea – like they are mostly used for in NSW.

TP 3000 1:44 pm 26 Jul 09

I’d love to see cameras set up along roadwork sites that are there for a while. Sites like Drakeford Drive duplication, Yamba Dr traffic lights. The amount of people that would be caught would pay for the work in its first week.

But the ACT Government are working towards those Point to Point speed cameras with a tender for consultation open recently. They will make a hell of a lot more money (if positioned well).

SolarPowered 1:31 pm 26 Jul 09

Anywhere along Majura Rd. That seems to be a speedway on weekends.

Clown Killer 1:06 pm 26 Jul 09

I was going to suggest that if you wanted a real road safety outcome rather than just cynical revenue raising then you could install a camera outside every school … but that would only work on the assumption that you’d have to be an idiot to speed past a clearly marked speed camera, which is plainly not the case.

astrojax 1:05 pm 26 Jul 09

another cash cow would be a chap armed with a sturdy pair of boots, a pen in good working order and a fines book with a supply of nifty yellow envelopes, and him set forth to seek out selfish arrogance where it lurks and turn it to the city’s coffers good. (or her, of course. ‘he’ as rendered simply for effect.)

farnarkler 1:01 pm 26 Jul 09

Ellenborough Street in Kaleen, just before the Gungahlin drive overpass. They’d make millions there.

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