Lone traffic camera reaps $3000 a day

The fixed speed and red light camera at the intersction of Raglan Parade, Mahoneys and Horne Road is bringing in $3000 daily.

The fixed speed and red light camera at the intersction of Raglan Parade, Mahoneys and Horne Road is bringing in $3000 daily.

WARRNAMBOOL’S only speed camera is raking in close to $3000 a day according to the latest figures. 

The sole fixed speed camera at the intersection of Raglan Parade and Mahoneys Road on the city’s eastern fringe generated a total of $1,116,747 in the last calendar year. 

A total of 5106 infringement notices were issued in 2013. 

However, the number of fines issued in the second half of the year fell compared to 2012. 

Between October and December last year 1171 infringements were caught on camera, generating $262,814 — a decrease of $40,674. 

January to March proved the busiest quarter in 2013, raking in $337,363, or close to $3750 a day, from 1576 fines. During that time the camera ranked number 38 in the state for fines issued and 42nd in April to June.

The lights were installed at the intersection in 2009 but were not operative until 2011. 

Drivers caught speeding and running a red light face losing their licence, at least six demerit points and a $305 fine. The cameras can also detect unregistered cars. 

Warrnambool Police Senior Sergeant Shane Keogh said there had been a noticeable decrease in the number of road accidents in Warrnambool since the introduction of the camera. 

“In the last three years there has been a reduction in the Warrnambool township and police service area in the number of road accidents, which is very pleasing to see,” Senior Sergeant Keogh said.

“The camera is doing some good.” 

However, he said the number of collisions at the median strip intersections of Banyan, Japan, Kelp and Foster streets were still a concern — many caused by distracted drivers.

He said new technology able to detect drivers using mobile phones was also being trialled around Australia. 

“Eventually it will come to Warrnambool, but at the moment it’s up to drivers to be responsible for their actions on the road.” 

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