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  • By Rebecca David
  • 11/09/2015 Make a Comment
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ORE than 50,000 fines were doled out at the top four Victorian speed camera sites in the past three months — all of them in 40km/h zones.

The four raked in more than $11 million collectively.

The intersection of Warrigal and Batesford roads in Chadstone once again topped the list, ringing up more than $4 million from more than 17,000 fines from April to June this year.

This was a 26 per cent drop in infringements compared with the previous quarter.

Other hot spots for the quarter were the intersection of William and Flinders streets (13,072 fines), Fitzroy St and Lakeside Drive St Kilda (12,339) and the corner of Exhibition and Victoria streets in the CBD (6864).

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The latest figures on the Department of Justice’s Cameras Save Lives website also showed more than $83 million in fines were reaped from speeding and red-light cameras over the three-month period.

Meanwhile, the camera at the intersections of Whitehorse and Surrey roads in Blackburn shot up the charts with the number of infringements up by 91 per cent — from 1988 to 3794.

This has been attributed to motorists not obeying the 60km/h posted speed limit.

In terms of speeding, the highest number of fines — 237,844 — was for drivers exceeding the speed limit by less than 10km/h, while there were 272 fines issued for people travelling at more than 45km/h over the speed limit.

Department of Justice and Regulation spokeswoman Lucy Huppatz said infringements from the top four cameras had decreased over the past two quarters of 2014-15, as drivers started to comply with the speed limit.

“As many road safety cameras in 40km/h zones were activated between March and May 2014, they were only active for a small part of the 2013-14 financial year results period so seemingly large increases for the 2014-15 financial year against last financial year followed,” Ms Huppatz said.

She said there were clear benefits to enforcing 40km/h speed limits, particularly to pedestrians.

“Research shows that a pedestrian stuck by a vehicle travelling at 60km/h is unlikely to survive where as a pedestrian struck at 40km/h has a much greater chance of survival.”

“The Government would be very happy to receive no revenue at all from speed cameras as it would mean people have heeded the message.”


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