New speed camera operational along Nambour Connection Road, Woombye, at the site of the Hornby girls fatality.
Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily
New speed camera operational along Nambour Connection Road, Woombye, at the site of the Hornby girls fatality. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily Iain Curry

Coffs Coast drivers fork out on fines

MOTORISTS have clocked up record speeding fines on the Coffs Coast, as the state's peak motoring body calls for new methods of education to bring statistics down.

Figures from the Office of State Revenue have revealed $1.25million in fines were handed out on the Coffs Coast in 2015/16 - a 3% increase on 2014/15.

The statistics - from 20 fixed speeding cameras in the region - comprised 5443 fines - an average of $230 per infringement.

Speeding fines issued by police were also on the rise with $1.245 million in fines forked out by motorists in the Coffs-Clarence region - a 2.7% increase on 2014/15.

It comes as the NRMA issued calls on the State Government to introduce new driver education programs to address speeding rates - a move that's hoped to address the state-wide road toll.

Kyle Loades, president of the NRMA, said speed-related offences were a significant factor in fatal crashes, and speed offenders need to be better educated about the dangers of their risky actions.

"The simple fact is that speed kills," Mr Loades said.

"Drivers are not getting the message under the current system that speeding is never an option on our roads.

"Over the past 12 months, 41 per cent of fatal crashes in NSW were caused by excessive speed - an increase of 23 per cent compared to the 2013/2015 average."

The NRMA says giving low level speeding offenders the choice of attending a driver education course instead of demerit points and a fine would refresh knowledge of road rules.

"What we're calling for is a course to be made available in lieu of a speeding fine and demerit point that would only be available to drivers once every three years," Mr Loades said.

"Similar courses successfully operate in the United Kingdom already and have yielded positive changes to driver behaviour and attitudes towards speeding."

In Coffs Harbour, the fixed camera on the Pacific Hwy at Korora was again the speeding hotspot with $805,461in fines issued last financial year.

 

FINE HOTSPOTS

- Pacific Hwy Korora (South) - $805,461

- Pacific Hwy Valla (North and South) - $283,361

- Pine Creek Way - $49,945

- Pacific Hwy Urunga (Nth and South) - $38,238

- Pacific Hwy Coffs Harbour (South) - $15,695

- Pacific Hwy Bonville (North and South) - $9957

- Pacific Hwy Nambucca (South) - $9901

Figures sourced from OSR statistics for 2015/16.



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