Speed does pay

By GRAEME SINGLETON

IF you were a bit impatient and exceeded the speed limit when you passed through Urunga recently you were not alone.

It also probably cost you dearly to have your picture taken.

According to the latest leaked Government figures the speed camera at Urunga was kept very busy last financial year.

If fact the Urunga speed camera raised almost $900,000 for the Government to be the 18th most profitable camera in the State and the number one revenue raising camera in rural NSW.

Figures obtained by the Daily Telegraph indicate the Urunga speed trap earned the Government $896,618 in 2003/2004.

With an average infringement across the State being $143, that means more than 6000 drivers were caught speeding through Urunga.

The camera at Woodburn, south of Ballina, netted $829,000 for the government.

The camera on the straight stretch of highway at Valla Beach raised $46,726 in the same period, but those at Macksville and Hungry Head were either not as successful, or not fully operational, raising just $4521 and $2692 respectively.

Statewide one motorist was caught speeding every 80 seconds last financial year, and the vast majority of those were fined for exceeding the speed limit by less than 15 kilometres an hour.

The biggest leadfoots were in Sydney's south with two speed cameras in Kogarah netting the government more than $6.6 million.

The figures show that 15 cameras, all of them in Sydney, raised in excess of $1 million in revenue each to the Government between July 1, 2003, and June 30, 2004.



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