WARRNAMBOOL’S only speed and red light camera continues to be one of the biggest revenue raisers in the state, with $1.2 million worth of fines issued in the past financial year.
The camera (pictured) is at the intersection of Mahoneys Road and Raglan Parade, near the Flying Horse bar.
In the 12 months to June, a whopping 5666 infringement notices were handed out, totalling $1,220,700 in fines. For the same period, the camera system ranked 41st for the number of infringement notices out of the 284 cameras in the state.
From April to June this year, road users paid $281,279 in fines for 1308 infringement notices.
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 meant the camera system ranked 16th out of the 274 cameras in Victoria at the time.
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 loss of licence and at least six demerit points.
Drivers caught running a red light face a $305 fine.
The Warrnambool camera set-up, at traffic lights on the eastern outskirts of the city, was installed in late 2009 but was inoperative until it was switched on in early October 2011.
The state government’s Cameras Save Lives website says speed and red light cameras play an important role in reducing speeds and changing driver behaviour on Victorian roads.
It says locations for fixed camera sites are assessed by a selection committee made up of representatives from Victoria Police, VicRoads and the Department of Justice.
Before a location is considered, the committee looks at the site’s crash history, perceived danger and whether the location is suitable for a camera to operate.