About $800 million made yearly thanks to speed/red light cameras

Whether speed camera related headlines are to sell more papers or not, I think there are some interesting statistics to gather from the article in The Age titled Thousands risk driving ban.

  • Claims of 45,000 Victorian drivers being on the brink of losing the license
  • As of May 31 2007, 29,016 drivers had 10 demerit points, and 16,459 had 11 demerit points
  • Compare this to 2005, and we have 9,000 more at the same time snapshot (why are statistics from last year missing?)

But the really juicy stats are:

  • More than 150 speed cameras
  • More than 83 red light cameras
  • $843 million in fines and regulatory fees in 2007-2008
    • This is a 6.2% increase in the 2006-2007 estimate of $793.3 million

It ends the article stating: Revenue collected from fines forms part of the
state budget.

Don’t speed. Don’t beat red light cameras. Be a little more patient. Fight the urge to go even that 5km/h higher on the highway (at 100km/h, its very easy to just go over the limit when going down a slope). Watch those roads that have slopes, and “drive with your brakes”. Embrace being late.

3 Comments so far

  1. Cartman (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 9:05 pm

    Those m*therf*ckers !!!!

  2. adrock2xander (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 9:12 pm

    You meant so say, those motherfuckers?

    Even Metroblogging creator Sean Bonner endorses the word fuck as it’s part of our daily vernacular. Don’t be shy. Just say it.

  3. iceCube (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 7:31 am

    Those motherfuckers…? speed cameras, 45k drivers, $8 mill revenue or it being made part of the state budget?

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