The Advertiser – 3rd December 2013
A NEW speed camera in Adelaide’s northeast is making the State Government a record $427,000 a month in fines and is expected to raise more than $5 million this year.
The camera is making a significant contribution to the 44 per cent increase in motorists nabbed by fixed traffic cameras this year, figures obtained by The Advertiser under Freedom of Information laws show. The Montague Rd camera at Ingle Farm is among 30 extra speed cameras introduced by the State Government since last year to combat motorists’ “unacceptably high” rate of speeding. The camera is making three times as much revenue as the second top site for traffic offences this year and it is also earning much more than last year’s top site – Glover Tce opposite Adelaide High School – which averaged $140,000 a month in speeding fines. Road Safety Minister Michael O’Brien said that “it is deeply concerning that so many motorists have been recorded speeding at this particular location”. “Research shows that the use of safety cameras can have an impact on driver behaviour, which is why we have increased the number of cameras on the road to act as a deterrent.”
The speed camera is located in bushes on the verge between Montague Rd and a residential slip road and there is a “camera ahead” warning sign. It was placed there after studies revealed 100 casualty crashes on this section of the road between 2007 and 2011. The RAA said it was “surprised” at the amount of fines issued by the Montague Rd camera. The cameras location in a 60km/h speed limit zone – 10km lower than the preceding limit on this road – may be a key factor, according to the RAA. “Any camera producing that level of fines means motorists are unclear what the prevailing speed limit should be,” RAA road safety manager Charles Mountain said. Police said two of the top-four sites for speed and red-light detection involved pedestrian crossings near schools.
Superintendent Bob Fauser said it was “imperative to slow down in the vicinity of our schools and in particular primary schools where children are still developing a proper understanding of the risks. “Imagine the consequences for all involved if a child was hurt or killed because of a moments loss of concentration or a deliberate decision to ignore the lower speed limits,” he said. “Whether you decision to speed is intentional or accidental, the consequences can be just as catastrophic.”