Red light camera raises $1.5m

THE south-west’s main speed and red-light camera system in Warrnambool has netted more than $1.5 million in fines in the first 12 months of operation.

From October 2011 until September 2012 some 8387 infringement notices have been handed out from the Mahoneys Road and Raglan Parade intersection.

The period from October to December 2011, when the camera was switched on, remains the highest grossing period with $612,000 raised from 3299 infringements issued.

The number of infringements issued at that time meant the camera system ranked at number 16 out of the 274 cameras in Victoria.

From July to September 2012 the least of amount of infringements were issued — 1267 — totalling $269,000 in fines.

For the same period across the state 319,000 infringements were handed out bringing in $72 million.

The Warrnambool camera set-up, at traffic lights on the eastern outskirts of the city, was installed late 2009 but was inoperative until it was switched on in early October 2011.

Infringements are captured automatically and sent electronically to the traffic camera offences office in Melbourne which dispatches notices to motorists.

Some drivers who are caught speeding and running a red light face the possibility of loss of licence and at least six demerit points, depending on how fast they were travelling when snapped. Drivers caught running a red light face a $305 fine.

The state government’s Cameras Save Lives website states speed and red-light cameras play an important role in reducing speeds and changing driver behaviour on Victorian roads.

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